He Thinks He'll Keep Her

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"He Thinks He'll Keep Her"
Mary Chapin Carpenter- He Thinks Hell Keep Her single .png
Single by Mary-Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side "Only a Dream"
Released December 6, 1993
Format Cassette single, 7" single
Recorded 1992
Genre Country
Length 4:01 (album version)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Mary Chapin Carpenter, Don Schlitz
Producer(s) Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Jennings
Mary-Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"The Bug"
"He Thinks He'll Keep Her"
"I Take My Chances"
"The Bug"
"He Thinks He'll Keep Her"
"I Take My Chances"

"He Thinks He'll Keep Her" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Mary Chapin Carpenter. It was released in December 1993 as the sixth single from the album Come On Come On. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was written by Carpenter and Don Schlitz.

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and was accompanied by a live performance music video, taken from the 1993 CBS special Women of Country, where Carpenter was accompanied by Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss and Pam Tillis.


The song was motivated in response to a 1970s Geritol TV commercial in which a man points to his wife’s many accomplishments and attributes, and then concludes with "My wife...I think I'll keep her".[1] The song itself, however, is about a woman who leaves an unhappy marriage, despite outward signs that it had been happy if not stable.

Music video[edit]

The music video – a live performance of the song with backing vocals by Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Suzy Bogguss, taken from the 1993 CBS television special Women of Country – was directed by Bud Schaetzle, and premiered in early 1994.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 6
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 74
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 16


  1. ^ Staff of WomaNews. "Smart Talk: Shortcuts," Chicago Tribune, 1992-09-06.
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2426." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. March 28, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mary Chapin Carpenter – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Mary Chapin Carpenter.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1994". RPM. December 12, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.