High Maintenance Woman

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"High Maintenance Woman"
Single by Toby Keith
from the album Big Dog Daddy
Released February 13, 2007
Format CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Show Dog Nashville
Writer(s) Toby Keith
Danny Simpson
Tim Wilson
Producer(s) Toby Keith
Toby Keith singles chronology
"Crash Here Tonight"
High Maintenance Woman
"Love Me If You Can"

"High Maintenance Woman" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Toby Keith. It was released in February 2007 as the lead-off single from Toby's album Big Dog Daddy. The song reached a peak of number 3 on the country charts in mid-2007. Keith wrote the song single-handedly with additional writing credit to Tim Wilson and Danny Simpson.


The song tells of an apartment-building maintenance man who is attempting, and failing, to attract the attention of an attractive woman who lives in an apartment in the complex, and lamenting that "a high-maintenance woman don't want no maintenance man".

In colloquial usage predating Keith's use of the term, a "high maintenance woman" is a woman regarded as overly demanding or fussy.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Salomon and was released in early 2007. The guitar used in the video was a custom made Rockit Guitar built by Rod "Hot Rod" MacKenzie.


Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a A- rating. He said that even though "the plotline is ripped off" and it contains a "jaw-droppingly tacky double entendre about having all the right tools, it is a fantastic single." He then goes on to say that "the song is well-written and his performance is top-notch." [1]


Although Keith was technically the sole writer of "High Maintenance Woman," he gave co-writers' credit to comedian and singer Tim Wilson and Danny Simpson (Wilson's frequent co-writing partner), largely because Wilson and Simpson had previously composed together an unrelated song that also contained a similar premise. On his official website, Keith states:

I got to the studio and played ["High Maintenance Woman"] for the session guys and they said, "Aw, man. There's a comedian named Tim Wilson who's got a skit about that and has a little ditty song that's kind of the same thing."… Tim's a friend of mine, so I called him and told him about my song… I said I wouldn't even record mine without his blessing, which he gave. And just because I don't want anyone to ever think I copped his song, we threw him a small share of the writing and put their names on it.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 67
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 50

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 23


  1. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2007-02-08). "Toby Keith - "High Maintenance Woman"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Toby Keith ::: Big Dog Daddy in stores NOW!!!". Toby Keith official website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Toby Keith – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Toby Keith.
  4. ^ "Toby Keith – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Toby Keith.
  5. ^ "Toby Keith – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Toby Keith.
  6. ^ "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 

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