Joe Knows How to Live

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"Joe Knows How to Live"
Single by Eddy Raven
from the album The Best of Eddy Raven
B-side "Looking for Ways"
Released May 1988
Genre Country
Label RCA
Writer(s) Troy Seals
Max D. Barnes
Graham Lyle
Producer(s) Barry Beckett
Eddy Raven singles chronology
"I'm Gonna Get You"
(1988)
"Joe Knows How to Live"
(1988)
"'Til You Cry"
(1988)

"Joe Knows How to Live" is a song written by Troy Seals, Max D. Barnes and Graham Lyle, and recorded by American country music artist Eddy Raven. It was released in May 1988 as the second single from the album The Best of Eddy Raven. "Joe Knows How to Live" was Eddy Raven's fourth number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fifteen weeks on the country chart.[1]

The song was previously recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1987 album Hold On.

Song meaning[edit]

The song is told by Raven as the point of view of a blue collar worker envious of one of his co-workers, Joe. Joe's free-spirited ways are evidenced by Raven singing "Well I hate to admit it, but Joe sure knows how to live". Joe tells his linemates of a trip to Mexico he's taking with Betty, a waitress at a diner that all are familiar with. He later returns with photos and a hat he purchased in Mexico.

The trip Joe has taken was presumably done with ill-used sick days, as Raven says in the spoken-word fading end of the song, "well, they would have fired me if I'd have done something like that". It also suggests that Joe is married, as Raven asks rhetorically "you think Joe's wife knows about that yet?" before the song completely fades.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 281. 
Preceded by
"(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes"
by Highway 101
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 17, 1988
Succeeded by
"Addicted"
by Dan Seals
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 1, 1988
Succeeded by
"I Should Be with You"
by Steve Wariner