Kacey Musgraves — “Merry Go ‘Round”
Kacey Musgraves, who also co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” writes with a maturity beyond her 24 years, delivering an unflinching look into small-town life that’s more nuanced than the highly romanticized rural anthems offered up by many of her male counterparts. Over delicately plunked banjo, she sings about lives that are slowly stagnating: “Mama’s hooked on Mary Kay / Brother’s hooked on Mary Jane / And Daddy’s hooked on Mary two doors down / Mary, Mary, quite contrary / We get bored so we get married / Just like dust, we settle in this town / On this broken merry go ‘round.” High school romances decay into loveless marriages, people get burned out on booze and pills, and the dysfunctional cycle repeats itself in future generations, “the same hurt in every heart / Same trailer, different park.” Depressing yet catchy, well-written and excellently sung, it’s everything that’s good about country music, a no-nonsense song to wipe “Truck Yeah” from minds, if not charts.
With “Merry Go ‘Round,” Musgraves sets a high bar for her debut album, which, according to a press release, will be released in 2013. If this single is indicative of the music and songwriting on the record, we’re in for a real treat.
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