Gonna Get a Life
|"Gonna Get a Life"|
|Single by Mark Chesnutt|
|from the album What a Way to Live|
|B-side||"Half of Everything (And All of My Heart)"|
|Released||February 21, 1995|
|Songwriter(s)||Jim Lauderdale, Frank Dycus|
|Mark Chesnutt singles chronology|
"Gonna Get a Life" is a song written by Jim Lauderdale and Frank Dycus, and recorded by American country music singer Mark Chesnutt. It was released in February 1995 as the third single from his album What a Way to Live. The song became Chesnutt's sixth U.S. Country Music charts Number One in May of that year.
Background and writing
Jim Lauderdale told Taste of Country that he was working at co-writer Frank Dycus' house that day and while taking a break he played a melody that he came up with. Dycus came up with the title and then wrote the rest of the lyrics.
The music video was directed by Sherman Halsey and premiered in early 1995. It was filmed in Lafayette, Louisiana. It features Chesnutt performing the song in concert, in a treehouse, and at a cajun party surrounded by various people.
"Gonna Get a Life" debuted at number 68 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 25, 1995.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||2|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||66|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||22|
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