The Talkin' Song Repair Blues

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"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues"
Single by Alan Jackson
from the album What I Do
Released March 21, 2005
Format Promo-only CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Country
Length 2:58
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Dennis Linde
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson singles chronology
"Monday Morning Church"
"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues"
"USA Today"

"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" is a song written by Dennis Linde, and recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in March 2005 as the third single from his album What I Do. It peaked at number 18 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[1]


The song is a moderate uptempo with spoken-word verses. Its lyrics use car repair as an analogy for songwriting. A songwriter and a repairman discuss their trades with each other, with the songwriter "fixing" a song that the repairman has written.[2] Jackson said that he and producer Keith Stegall had intended to cut the song for at least two previous albums before it was finally included on What I Do.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that Jackson "has a chance to exact a little justice, by working on his song." She goes on to say that the song "boasts some of Linde's most inventive lyrics, and Jackson delivers each line with a tongue-in-cheek attitude that is sure to elicit smiles."[3] Nick Marino of Entertainment Weekly gave the song a positive review, contrasting it with "Burnin' the Honky Tonks Down" on the same album. He wrote that both songs were "a hoot and a half."[4]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Margaret Malandruccolo and released in May 2005. Actors Anthony Clark and Mike O'Malley, then cast members of the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear, appeared in the video.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Talkin' Song Repair Blues" debuted at number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of April 2, 2005.

Chart (2005) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 99


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Bessman, Jim (6 November 2004). "Drexler's Caterpillar Smokes; Linde Looks Under the Hood". Billboard. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Billboard, April 2, 2005
  4. ^ Marino, Nick (17 September 2004). "What I Do review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Alan Jackson. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Alan Jackson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Alan Jackson. Retrieved 25 September 2010.