Friday Five: Wedding Bell Blues
Love has been in the air recently among the world of country music. Jake Owen recently said “I do.” Carter’s Chord member Becky Robertson just got married last weekend. Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood got married just a couple weeks back, Lee Brice got engaged, and LeAnn Rimes renewed her vows on her first anniversary. Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, that either gives you the warm and fuzzies or gives you a funny little taste in the back of your throat. Today, we’ll drop the needle on the B-side of that record and celebrate a few of those many, many songs that don’t end in happily ever after.
You couldn’t have thought that the queen of classic country heartache was going to sing a song of wedded bliss, did you?
4. Waylon Jennings – “I’m Gonna Marry Polly Ann”
The outlaw known as Waylon Jennings that says he’s going to rescue Polly Ann, a woman who has been accused of killing a man.Jennings’ protagonist does the same when a man comes and tries to steal away his future bride.
Written and recorded back in 1958, this little rockabilly number laments the fact that the singer is on the outside looking in, watching the love of his life marry someone else.
“Supposed to be a funeral/ It’s been a bad, bad day” really says it all. As sad as Gram Parson’s own life story was, a tragic singer singing a tragic song doubles up on the pain.
“She broke his heart with a piece of paper/She changed her mind/She said she had the right.” Wanda rocks.
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