Tired of Toein' the Line

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"Tired of Toein' the Line"
Tired of Toein' the Line.jpg
Single by Rocky Burnette
from the album The Son of Rock and Roll
B-side"Boogie Down in Mobile, Alabama"
ReleasedMay 1980 (U.S.)
GenrePop rock, new wave, rock and roll, rockabilly, country rock
LabelEMI America
Songwriter(s)Rocky Burnette, Ron Coleman
Producer(s)Bill House, Jim Seiter

"Tired of Toein' the Line" is a song by Rocky Burnette, who co-wrote it with Ron Coleman, former bass player of the Brothers Grim and The Everly Brothers. It was performed by Burnette, and contains lyrics detailing an imminent breakup from the point of view of a man who no longer wants to toe the line. After first appearing on the UK Official Singles Chart Top 75 in November 1979,[1] it became an international hit after its release in the United States in May 1980, and was Burnette's only hit single.

By peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, "Tired of Toein' the Line" tied "You're Sixteen", by Rocky's father Johnny Burnette, as the highest-charting Hot 100 single from a member of the Burnette family. The single was number one in Australia (for two weeks) in June 1980.[2]

In the 1980s, cover versions of the song were released by singer Ricky Nelson on his album Playing to Win (1981) and British singer Shakin' Stevens on his album A Whole Lotta Shaky (1988).

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  1. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 75: 11 November 1979 - 17 November 1979". Official Charts.com. London, UK: The Official UK Charts Company. November 17, 1979. Retrieved June 12, 2018. Tired of Toein' the Line. Rocky Burnette. Position: 66. Last week: New.
  2. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1980". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  4. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1980-08-10. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  5. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/tired-of-toein'-the-line/
  7. ^ "Music lyrics, charts, Games, & more". Top40db.net. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 37.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-10-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1980)". RPM. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  12. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1980 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1980-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2015-07-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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