Is there a crueler rejection than “I want to be alone/Take your chocolates and go home?” The knife is twisted when the rejecter ends up “blossoming all over” while the rejectee withers. Time for some comfort eating, Patterson Hood.
With proclamations like “I killed my valentine/And I shall proudly do my time” the younger Bare is your funny valentine; not “ha ha” funny, but an unstable type of funny. In other words, he’s perfectly suited for the Friday Five.
This poor fella’s forgotten Valentine’s Day, but his apology—”If you’ll take my IOU/I could make it up to you/Until then, I hope my heart will do”—could melt all but the coldest heart.
1. “Valentine” – Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard
I’m caught in my very own love triangle here, because I can’t decide which version of this Nelson-penned song (found on Willie’s Across the Borderline and Merle’s 1994) I like better.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.