Throwback Jam: Mary Chapin carpenter’s “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”

By Aaron Wagner

There are some song that you just instinctively know the words to. For me one of these songs is Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “He Think He’ll Keep Her.”

The song was released in 1993, meaning I was 1 year old, so how and why do I remember it? I think it’s because it’s one of those iconic songs of the 90s that went against the grain and became a female empowerment song. It’s an absolute jam on top of that too.

The idea for the song came from this commercial that most certainly wasn’t aired in 2020:

This song in 2020 country music makes sense, but the 90s were a different time. Fortunately country music was going through a renaissance with new types of sounds and artists gaining the spotlight. With a growing presence of female country music singers, “He Think’s He’ll Keep Her” became an anthem of sorts.

Mary Chapin performed this song on a 1993 CBS Special The Women of Country. She was joined by Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, and Kathy Mattea. That performance became the official music video for the song.

“He Think’s He’ll Keep Her” peaked at #2 on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy.