February 5

“When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”, Jerry Reed’s Most Successful Single



“When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”, Jerry Reed’s Most Successful Single 1

Jerry Reed’s most successful hit of all time was “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”. The song was Reed’s most successful on the country charts as well, peaking at No.1 for five weeks. In addition, it was Reed’s second single to cross over to top 40 specifically at No.9. Also, it appeared in the Australian and New Zealand charts. “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” was certified gold for sales of one million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Song…

The song is plainly saying all the lyrics instead of singing with a background of fast-paced music.

It says on the refrain portion: “When you’re hot, you’re hot, when you’re not, you’re not”. The song depicts a prohibited game in a back alley.

First, the singer is having a good luck with his two friends, winning two several games in a row. And the second verse describes a police officer discovering the game, arresting all the accomplices, and taking all the money for pieces of evidence. The singer then tells the cop, when you’re hot, you’re hot.

The third verse, the trio/ the participants are in court for deliberation. Surprisingly, the singer learns that the judge was one of his old fishing buddies whom it turns out he owes money with. The singer tries to bribe the judge to have a lighter verdict. The judge grins and gives a little fine to the two offenders and sentence the singer to 90 days behind bars. Then the judge responds, when you’re hot, you’re hot.

Lastly, the song ends with the singer having an outburst. The judge declares the singer to be in contempt of court.

The 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
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”

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”


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”

American Pop Culture…

Due to the song’s popularity, the phrase “when you’re hot, you’re hot and with the opposite phrase “when you’re not, you’re not” was used as a catchphrase. It has been used on the show “The Flip Wilson Show”.

The Music Videos…

These are rare footages of Jerry Reed performing back at Grammys and Country Music Association Awards.

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