Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)

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"Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)"
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Honky Tonk Attitude
ReleasedJuly 19, 1993
FormatCD Single
GenreCountry
Length3:47 (album version)
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Howard Perdew, Rick Blaylock, Kerry Kurt Phillips
ProducerBob Montgomery, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Attitude"
(1993)
"Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)"
(1993)
"John Deere Green"
(1993)
 
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"Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)"
Single by Joe Diffie
from the album Honky Tonk Attitude
ReleasedJuly 19, 1993
FormatCD Single
GenreCountry
Length3:47 (album version)
LabelEpic
Writer(s)Howard Perdew, Rick Blaylock, Kerry Kurt Phillips
ProducerBob Montgomery, Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie singles chronology
"Honky Tonk Attitude"
(1993)
"Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox (If I Die)"
(1993)
"John Deere Green"
(1993)

"Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)" is the title of a song written by Kerry Kurt Phillips, Howard Perdew and Rick Blaylock, and recorded by American country music singer Joe Diffie. It was released in July 1993 as the second single from his CD Honky Tonk Attitude. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.

Content[edit source | edit]

The song begins at a slow pace accompanied by piano, with the narrator explaining that he has no fear of dying, but that he wants to go on being himself after he has died. After the introduction, the tempo increases and the narrator elaborates on his initial point, by stating that he wishes to have his body placed against a jukebox should he die, so that he will still be in a familiar atmosphere after death. The radio edit omits one repetition of the chorus.

Lawsuit[edit source | edit]

In 1999, the song was part of a lawsuit when another songwriter named Everett Ellis attempted to sue the writers of "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox", as he thought that the song infringed on a copyright to his own composition, "Lay Me Out by the Jukebox When I Die".[1]

Music Video[edit source | edit]

The music video for the song begins with two men smuggling a fully dressed male corpse out of a funeral home. They proceed to take it out for a night on the town. The night of fun ends with the now-abandoned corpse (wearing sunglasses and a party hat) propped up next to the jukebox. Diffie (who plays the song at the bar) walks up to the corpse afterwards, thinking it's a living person, and tells him that, since the bar is closing, he needs to leave... adding "you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here". Diffie then claps the corpse on his shoulder and leaves. The corpse begins to sway and collapses next to the jukebox.

Chart positions[edit source | edit]

"Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 24, 1993.

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2]2
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3]22
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4]3

Year-end charts[edit source | edit]

Chart (1993)Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5]26
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6]13

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Everett A. ELLIS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Joe DIFFIE et al., Defendants-Appellees.". US Court of Appeals. 1999-03-10. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  2. ^ "RPM Country Tracks. RPM. October 16, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Joe Diffie Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Joe Diffie.
  4. ^ "Joe Diffie Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Songs for Joe Diffie.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1993". RPM. December 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.