You Oughta Be Here With Me The Voice of Doom, Despair, and Agony checks in with a superlative collection of novelty tunes and honky-tonk weepers, one that should confirm George Jones'… You Oughta Be Here With Me The Voice of Doom, Despair, and Agony checks in with a superlative collection of novelty tunes and honky-tonk weepers, one that should confirm George Jones'… George Jones Country
Music Review

You Oughta Be Here With Me (1990)

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Details Lead Performance: George Jones; Genre: Country

The Voice of Doom, Despair, and Agony checks in with a superlative collection of novelty tunes and honky-tonk weepers, one that should confirm George Jones' role as country's favorite perennial loser. The fact that drinking songs have fallen out of favor these days does nothing to diminish Jones' laments in You Oughta Be Here With Me, as his focus merely shifts to the rocky peaks of romance, and particularly women who mistreat him. When he calls his ex-wife to admit his new girlfriend wasn't worth leaving her for — complaining that it's late and he has no place to go — she calmly reminds him that ''Hell Stays Open (All Night Long).'' A

Originally posted Sep 21, 1990 Published in issue #32 Sep 21, 1990 Order article reprints