Shake the Sugar Tree

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"Shake the Sugar Tree"
Single by Pam Tillis
from the album Homeward Looking Angel
B-side "Maybe It Was Memphis"
Released August 22, 1992
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Country
Length 3:08
Label Arista
Writer(s) Chapin Hartford
Producer(s) Paul Worley, Ed Seay, Anthony Martin
Pam Tillis singles chronology
"Blue Rose Is"
"Shake the Sugar Tree"
"Let That Pony Run"

"Shake the Sugar Tree" is a song written by Chapin Hartford, and recorded by American country music singer Pam Tillis. It was released in August 1992 as the lead-off single from her album Homeward Looking Angel. "Shake the Sugar Tree" became Tillis' fourth Top Ten country hit, peaking at number 3 on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs).


In the song, a wife admonishes her husband for taking her and their relationship for granted too often, only responding when she threatens to leave ("You're like fruit from a fickle vine, 'you turn sweet in the nick of time / Love, you only come alive when you're losin' me") and concluding that sometimes she has to "shake the sugar tree" (provoke him) in order to "feel his love come falling all around [her]".

Singer-songwriter Stephanie Bentley sang the demo version of the song, and Tillis' producer, Paul Worley, incorporated Bentley's demo vocals as harmony vocals in the final recording.[1]


Roch Parisien and Thom Jurek, who reviewed Homeward Looking Angel for Allmusic, cited the song as a standout on the album, calling it "sultry and sexy."[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 42


  1. ^ Remz, Jeffrey B. (January 1996). "Stephanie Bentley hopes debut brings chestful of success". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  2. ^ Parisien, Roch; Thom Jurek. "Homeward Looking Angel". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1871." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. December 5, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pam Tillis – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Pam Tillis.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 

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