Jerry Reed performs “When You’re Hot You’re Hot” Live Video.

It was the first success of Jerry, it reached number one on the USA country charts, on June 19, 1971, for 5 weeks in a row, and it remained in 15 weeks on the charts. It also reached number one on the country charts of Canada.

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When You’re Hot, You’re Hot:

Single Cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )
Single Cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )

Song written by Jerry Reed, was sent in March 1971, for the RCA seal, with the production of Chet Atkins. It was the first success of Jerry, it reached number one on the USA country charts, on June 19, 1971, for 5 weeks in a row, and it remained in 15 weeks on the charts. It also reached number one on the country charts of Canada. The song was album-tinged, When you’re hot, you’re hot (RCA 1971). The song When You’re Hot, You’re Hot was certified in gold by sales of one million units for the Association of the Recording Industry of America.

The song describes an illegal dice game played in an alley. The singer is having a good run of luck against his two friends, winning several games in a row. In the second verse, a police officer discovers the game, arrests the participants and “takes all that money as evidence”. Without being discouraged, the singer believes that his lucky streak of luck will continue, and he tells the police “when you are hot, you are hot”.

Lp cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )
Lp cover Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )

The third verse describes the trio in court to face the punishment, and to the singer’s delight, discovers that the judge presiding over the case is one of his old fishing companions, who, it seems, owes him money. When the singer tries to bribe the judge by offering to pay the money in exchange for a lighter sentence, the judge smiles and does the opposite: he gives the other two small fines, but sentences the singer to 90 days in jail with the answer ” When you’re hot, you’re hot! ”

The song would come to us to say, that when something you do wrong, you end up paying for it.

Versions :

Nat Stuckey 1971 ( RCA )
Kings Road 1975 ( Pickwick )
Fifth Form 1975 ( Pye Records )
Ingram 1984 ( Mirage Records )

Jerry Reed – When You’re Hot You’re Hot lyrics

Well, now me and Homer Jones and Big John Talley
Had a big crap game goin’ back in the alley
And I kept rollin’ them sevens, winnin’ all them pots

My luck was so good, I could do no wrong
I just kept on rollin’ and controllin’ them bones
And finally they just threw up their hands and said
“When you hot, you hot”, I said, “Yeah”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
Put all the money in an’ let’s roll ’em again
When you’re hot, you’re hot
La la la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la, when you’re hot, you’re hot

Well, now every time I rolled them dice I’d win
And I was just gettin’ ready to roll ’em again
When I heard somethin’ behind me
I turned around and there was a big old cop

He said “Hello, boys”, and then he gave us a grin an’ said
“Look like I’m gonna hafta haul you all in
An’ keep all that money for evidence”
I said, “Well, son when you hot, you hot”, he said, “Yeah”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
You can ‘splain it all down at City Hall
I say, yeah, when you’re hot, you’re hot
La la la la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la, when you’re hot, you’re hot

Well, when he took us in to court, I couldn’t believe my eyes
The judge was a fishin’ buddy that I recognized
I said, “Hey, judge, old buddy, old pal
I’ll pay ya that hundred I owe ya, if you’ll get me outta this spot”

So he gave my friends a little fine to pay
He turned around an’ grinned at me an’ said
“Ninety days, Jerry, when you hot, you hot”
An’ I said, “Thanks a lot”

When you’re hot, you’re hot
And when you’re not, you’re not
He let my friends go free and throwed the book at me
He said, “Well, when you’re hot, you’re hot”

I said, “Well, I’ll tell ya one thing, judge, old buddy, old pal
If you wasn’t wearin’ that black robe
I’d take out in back of this courthouse
And I’d try a little bit of your honor on”

“You understand that, you hillbilly?
Who gonna collect my welfare?
Pay for my Cadillac?
Whadda you mean ‘Contempt of Court’?
Judge, oh, judge, judgie poo”

Single Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )
Single Jerry Reed ( RCA 1971 )

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