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"
Released May 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 3:48
Label EMI America
Songwriter(s) Rocky Burnette, Ron Coleman
Producer(s) Rocky Burnette

"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. It became an international hit when released 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.[1]

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).

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1980". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  3. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1980-08-10. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Music lyrics, charts, Games, & more". Top40db.net. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-10-25. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1980 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1980-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 

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Preceded by
"I Got You" by Split Enz
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
June 9, 1980 - June 16, 1980
Succeeded by
"Turning Japanese" by The Vapors