The song was written by her husband at the time, songwriter Harlan Howard. In the mid-'60s, Jan Howard was not acquiring any significant hits. InHoward wrote and released her first single of the year, "Evil on Your Mind". The song hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Country music charts, peaking Buy You Some - The Dangerous Crew - Dont Try This At Home No.
An album of the same name was released that year, featuring Howard's big hit. A successful follow-up single entitled "Bad Seed" hit the Top 10 that year. The song set the stage for a number of Top 20 and Top 10 hits that Howard would have as a solo and duet artist between and The song talks about a husband trying to convince his wife to visit her sister out west, but the narrator the wife notices that something is going on, which her husband is trying to hide.
She believes he is thinking of having an affair, which she calls "evil on your mind". An answer song version was recorded by Burl Ives as "Evil Off My Mind" and became a modest country hit later that year, peaking at 47 in Billboard. The Ives record was one of the handful of answer songs by a male vocalist to a female star's hit; generally it was the other way around.
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