Friday Five: Valentine

Juli Thanki | February 11th, 2011

Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or think it’s a fake holiday perpetuated by greeting card companies, there’s a song or two for you on this list of my five favorite songs about February 14.

  • A Blessing and A Curse5. “Feb. 14” – Drive-By Truckers

    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.

  • Fight Songs4. “Valentine” – Old 97’s

    “It’s a lonely, lonely feeling when your valentine was wrong,” sings bassist Murry Hammond on this heartbreaker from Fight Songs “Valentine the destroyer,” indeed.

  • From The End Of Your Leash3. “Valentine” – Bobby Bare, Jr.

    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.

  • I Feel Alright2. “Valentine’s Day” – Steve Earle

    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.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX35JqAuCgw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9CFsXAFtrE

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  1. Lewis
    February 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Surprised that Martina McBride’s “Valentine” didn’t make the list.

  2. stormy
    February 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My favorite is Bruce Robison’s Valentine.

  3. CountryFan
    February 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I’m kinda shocked too Lewis… that is the only Martina song that I actually like, LOL.

  4. Brady Vercher
    February 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Billy Joe Shaver has one called “Valentine.” When I interviewed him a couple years ago, a British guy came up and told him it was his favorite song of his. Shaver played it at the in-store afterward, but said he felt like a little kid when he wrote it and didn’t seem too fond of it.

  5. Clemson Brad
    February 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Second to Bruce Robison’s “valentine” great song.

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