Love that country music

September 10, 2010 at 8:31 am (Random Thoughts)


So I’ve been battling a cold that just won’t go away for the past two weeks, which means that not only did certain things get kicked to the curb (like my blog) while I was sneezing and griping on the couch, but for me a cold like that means comfort things. Food, reads, movies and tv shows–all that good stuff that makes you happy like this:


(Like the not-so-subtle attempt to get you distracted by the cute kitten instead of the fact it’s been almost 3 weeks it’s been since I’ve blogged? I’m tricky that way.)

Anyhoozles, one of my comfort things is country music, and by the grace of DayQuil, the first Wednesday night I was sick the CMA music festival was on. I sat there with my tea and my kleenex watching a vast cross-section of country music’s performers do a song or two. About halfway through, they highlighted Taylor Swift, and showed a clip where she performed her new song for some of her fans, and say what you want about the girl, she can write. In this new song of hers called “Mine” (which I checked–she did write all by herself), there’s a spectacular line, one so great that even Montana (not necessarily a country fan) caught at the same time I did and we shared a look of Dang! That’s good!

“You made a rebel out of this careless man’s careful daughter.”

Now soak that bad boy in. (And yes, the lyrics might be 10% off, but I’ve got the meat of it, what really made it a Dang! moment.)  By that line alone I know this girl, what she’s been through, what she’s going through and how much this boy means to her. You’ve got backstory, the conflict and the HEA. All in 11 words. Well over a week later and I am still blown away by that line.

It reminded me of another country song I fell in love with on one line alone, Toby Keith’s “God Love Her” and here’s that stunner:

“She’s a rebel child and a preacher’s daughter, she was baptized in dirty water.”

Again, soak in that piece of genius that Toby co-wrote. I’ll bet each and every one of you has a picture of this girl and what her teenage years were like, and a story in your mind of how she ran off with a bad boy. Again, backstory and conflict, all in 14 words. That, my friends, is some serious writing. They both kinda put Twitter to shame, don’t they?

I think that’s one reason I do like country music, is that the songs tend to tell stories. Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name” springs to mind, as does Garth Brooks’ “Unanswered Prayers” and hey–who could forget “Goodbye Earl” by the Dixie Chicks? But I think my favorite tell-a-story country song is this one by Blake Shelton:

So tell me, what lyrics or songs have stuck with you?



  1. Karen Pinco said,

    You are so right about that one line – what a punch it packs. I will be checking out this song.

    And funny you should mention lyrics. So often I’ll love the music and when I listen closely to the words, I am horribly disappointed. This happened just last week.

    But when there is good music and moving lyrics – I’m hooked.

    One that sticks with me? “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks

  2. coffeegirl88 said,

    Glad to see you blogging again, hope you’re feeling better soon.

    I’m all about the lyrics. I find some of the most unlikely stuff when I’m digging around trying to find music for playlists. And now, I’ll have to look up these songs once I’ve finished posting here. 😉

    Songs that have stuck with me?

    Right now I’ve got “The Sweetest Gift” running through my head, the Younger Miss Bennetts are trying to get me back to the story. Today’s song is this one. It’s originally performed by Sade, but that’s not the version I have. I’ve got Ewan McGregor’s version.

    One of my absolute favorites is “Colourful” by Verve Pipe. If you’ve seen the movie Rock Star, then you know the song. It’s been in my top 25 on iTunes since I bought it.

  3. Heather Snow said,

    Feel better soon!

  4. Pamela Cayne said,

    Karen–I do hate it when you think you’re on to just an awesome song, then the lyrics take a nose dive. Blech! And aside from the chorus, I can’t remember Bitch, so must go look it up!

    Coffee–thanks! I’m going to have to look up your songs, not only to hear what’s making your girls sit up and play nice, but out of curiousity as well. (And Ewan McGregor singing? Yes, please!)

    Heather–thanks! I think I’m finally seeing the end of this sucker, and I cannot wait!!!

  5. Gabi Stevens said,

    Sorry to hear you were ill. Country music is my go-to music. I love to sing and that’s the stuff I can sing to. There’s a Tim McGraw song that’s my anthem: “How Bad Do You Want It?” and I love JoDee Messina (who hasn’t put out an album in a long time)

    And now my youngest watches CMT all the time and says country music is her favorite.

  6. Pamela Cayne said,

    Gabi–I probably know that Tim McGraw song (but just not by the title) and JoDee’s “I’m Alright” is such an awesome song!!! (Talk about your anthems…) Maybe next year at Nationals we’ll find a country karaoke! 🙂

  7. Karen Pinco said,

    Oh, and ‘Before He Cheats’ by Carrie Underwood. Love the music, LOVE the lyrics 😉
    Good conflict for story writing as well.

  8. Marilyn Brant said,

    I saw Blake Shelton sing “Austin” when he opened once for Rascal Flatts, and I instantly fell in love with it then. I just listened to it on my iPod this week… Definitely a whole novel in that song. 😉 And I love “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks, too.

    I would need about 500 pgs. to list songs that stuck with me (a good Twitter-girl I am not — LOL), but if we’re talking country music, Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us” would be one (*waving to L.A. Mitchell*), “Feels Like Today” by Rascal Flatts and “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney — esp. the line that says, “We all have a song that somehow stamped our lives, takes us to another place and time…” Mmm. Love that.

    Hope you feel much, much better soon. xo

  9. Pamela Cayne said,

    Karen–Yup, another great one there! Makes me wonder if Carrie writes her own amazing stuff or, if not, who does. Jealous, me? Nah…

    Marilyn–Jealous, me? Well, maybe. 😉 And there was a reason I didn’t delve into my iPod when writing this post or, like you, it would have gone on forever. I’ve just loved hearing some of these other songs that have stuck with people.

  10. Robin said,

    Oh! That line caught my attention too! I happened to be watching VH1 just yesterday, and saw the video and really listened to the words, and yes, Taylor is one damn good writer. I’m not a huge country music fan, but I really love “Mine.” It’s been stuck in my head, and now I see no sign of it leaving thanks to your reminder. 🙂

    I hope you feel better soon! Take care! I’m sending lots of get well wishes.

  11. Pamela Cayne said,

    Robin–so glad I can share the music! Feel free to return the favor anytime! And I am feeling much better, thanks! 🙂

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