Friday Five: S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G S-O-N-G-S
Country music is pretty straightforward: three chords and the truth, as they say. But sometimes, singers have to spell it out for us. Here’s a Friday Five that’s part country music playlist, part spelling bee.
- 5. “Tulsa” – Wayne Hancock
Tulsa is the town for Wayne the Train, so much so that he spells the town’s name out in his swingin’ chorus and named his 2006 album after it. But after hearing all about the wonders of Tulsa in Hancock’s song, it’s no wonder why Bob Wills wanted to be taken back there.
- 4. “Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?)” – Garth Brooks & George Jones
Man, living in a dry county must suck when you like booze as much as these guys. Between beer and gas money, it’s no wonder they’re broke. Well, at least the seven dudes in the song are cruising in a pickup truck and not on a riding lawnmower.
- 3. “M-O-N-E-Y” – Lyle Lovett
There’s gold digger, and then there’s straight up cruel. Lovett’s chorus “‘No finance, no romance’/Was how she told me goodbye/First she took my love, then she took all my/M-O-N-E-Y” suggests that this gal is the latter.
- 2. “G-I-R-L Spells Trouble” – Ernest Tubb
According to this one from the Texas Troubadour, girls are “just plain misery” and nothing but trouble. Of course, a man just can’t get along without ‘em. In the future, Ernest, stick to women…they’ll just leave you walking the floor instead of kicking you out of your home.
- 1. “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” – Tammy Wynette
Okay, so the gal in this song has good reason to spell stuff out. But when that four year old grows up and learns what his folks were talking about right in front of him? T-H-E-R-A-P-Y.