"Jackson" as written by Billy Wheeler and Jerry Leiber....
We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went out.
I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around,
Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson,
Look out Jackson town.

Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.
Go play your hand you big-talkin' man, make a big fool of yourself,
Yeah, go to Jackson; go comb your hair!
Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson.
See if I care.

When I breeze into that city, people gonna stoop and bow. (Hah!)
All them women gonna make me, teach 'em what they don't know how,
I'm goin' to Jackson, you turn-a loose-a my coat.
'Cause I'm goin' to Jackson.
"Goodbye," that's all she wrote.

But they'll laugh at you in Jackson, and I'll be dancin' on a Pony Keg.
They'll lead you 'round town like a scalded hound,
With your tail tucked between your legs,
Yeah, go to Jackson, you big-talkin' man.
And I'll be waitin' in Jackson, behind my Jaypan Fan,

Well now, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper Sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went.
I'm goin' to Jackson, and that's a fact.
Yeah, we're goin' to Jackson, ain't never comin' back.

Well, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout'
And we've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went...


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"Jackson" as written by Billy Wheeler, Jerry Leiber

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    General CommentYes, its about a married couple whose passions may have waned a bit (fire went out) and the man is forever talking of going to the bright lights of Jackson (TN? Famed at the time for its entertainment offerings and as the home of Casey Jones, then the subject of a popular song). The phrases 'comb my hair' and 'cut loose my coat' are sexual innuendo, one very popular song at the time being Adkins "Cut A Loose A My Coat," a song that was considered to be almost downright bawdy.
    It is indeed JayPan fan... "Jaypan" being a regional pronunciation of Japan and the fan indicating that as a woman of virtue she would not want to be seen in Jackson even though she would be so entertained by his making a fool of himself with his drinking and womanizing that she would be dancing on a Pony Keg, a half-keg of beer that is fairly close to the ground and thus suitable for an exuberant woman to climb onto. I may be wrong about the fan,,, it may just be that it was a common item in the pre-airconditioning days, but I think not.
    FleaStiffon June 20, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment...and I like it when he sings it with June Carter. Her character speaks in her voice!
    happy7on November 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    I to love this song. I just think Johnny and June made it there own. My parents have a version on reel to reel (so old I know LOL!) where they sing Jackson and throw in Jackson Mississippi. So I guess they just made it there own and had fun with it.
    LaDee47on June 10, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe named our first son "Jackson" because we loved the song.

    More of the song came true than I'd care to reflect on.
    funkspielon August 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am not fond of country music, but this song is really cute! I heard it in the movie The help. By the way the movie The help is as good as the book! I never laughed and cried so much in a movie before!!!!
    happy7on November 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe couple is going to Jackson Mississippi to rekindle their marriage. (of course it could be anither Jackson, but I think of MS cos I am from there)
    faeriellenon November 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought maybe it was Jackson, TN. Close in proximity to Memphis, where Johnny spent some time. Anybody have a definite answer? Jackson TN- the home of Carl Perkins!
    thedig10on December 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish the person who posted this song would break the lyrics up into who sang what. Or at least into stanzas.
    kaleidoscopeeyes8on January 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat exactly is a pepper sprout, and how hot is it?
    ntwjoneson January 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell peppers sprouts vary is hotness, bell peppers aren't hot but habeneros will burn your tounge clean off.
    magicaltangerineon May 26, 2006   Link

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