Jerry Reed

Amos Moses

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Basically a camp Southern Gothic rewrite of Doug Kershaw's "Louisiana Man" with a funky stop-time rhythm, Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses" is a goofy character study of an alligator-poaching Cajun. The lyrics are amusing, particularly the verse about how Amos lost his right hand to a gator, and Reed delivers them in his trademark sly, comical fashion, but this is one of those songs that's all about the guitar riff. In this case, it's a set of twangy arpeggiated chords that Reed plucks out just a hair behind the beat, sounding a bit like Steve Cropper. Everything else in the song is secondary to Reed's guitar part, but that was enough to give Reed his first Top 10 pop hit after several years as a successful country songwriter.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1971
No Image 1971 RCA
No Image 1973 RCA
Best of Jerry Reed 1981 RCA 0:00
No Image 1982 RCA
No Image 1984
Various Artists
USA / IVE
Collector's Series 1985 RCA
Nipper's Greatest Hits: The 70's 1990
Various Artists
RCA 2:18
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vols. 1-4 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
The Essential Jerry Reed 1995 RCA 2:19
The Essential Series Sampler [RCA Country] 1996
Various Artists
RCA / Sony Music Distribution 2:19
Super Hits 1997 RCA 2:20
When You're Hot You're Hot/Ko-Ko-Joe 1997 Collectables 2:19
Georgia Sunshine/Oh, What a Woman! 2000 One Way Records 2:21
RCA Country Legends 2001 Buddha Records 2:22
All American Country 2003 BMG Special Products 2:20
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 2:17
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1970 2013
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:21
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19