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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Rusty nail

Country music plays in our house. While I love many types of music, my husband is a country music fan and I listen for the content. My better half likes the melody and rhythm but does not listen for the lyrics.

 
Canadian country artist Terri Clark at a concert we attended last week

The words are often curious, like a recent title, You Look Like I Need a Drink sung by Justin Moore, or how about Girls Lie Too, sung by Terri Clark? Themes such as cheatin', lyin', drinkin', dyin', which I call the "in" themes, are common. Think of all the country songs you've heard over the years. Subjects include nature, The Cattle Call, and Tumbling Tumbleweeds,  clothing, Coat of Many Colors, cultural identity, Coal Miner's Daughter and of course, Your Cheatin' Heart. Then there's the more recent This Is Country Music, sung by Brad Paisley which mentions what you "can't" sing about in other genres but "this is country music and we do."

We often comment about subjects for a country song. My husband has taken to the beaches with a metal detector on occasion and frequently found rusty nails. They would suffice. So these are some lyrics for my country song. I am looking for a co-writer, so try a verse and write in the comments below. It is called

You Nailed It        

All is left is a rusty nail
From when we were together.                               
And I am utterly bereft
Since I read your parting letter. 

Chorus
 
You nailed it,
You nailed it,
Oh my darlin' yes you did.
And now I am a closed off man,
On my heart you nailed a lid.

We'd have to find a musician for a melody of course, something mournful might be in order, especially if, in the end, the guy has a heart attack. Just sayin'...

22 comments:

  1. Oh how I wish I could think fast enough to write another stanza for you. You've got a great start. I'll check back here and see if anybody can help you out with this song. Hubby isn't really leaving you, is he? :-)

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    1. Lol. Everything is fine here. Just having fun with lyrics.

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  2. There's got to be lots of sobbing steel guitar in the music! Maybe a mournful fiddle too.

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    1. My thoughts too. Steel guitar can be really mournful!

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  3. Sorry... country music just doesn't do it for me! Good idea for the song though.

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    1. Lol. It's not my favourite either, Shammickite, but the lyrics are often worth a listen. We have fun with it!

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  4. Hey, you seem to have found a side-career. I have not been a big follower of country music as a few years ago they were all "cry in your beer" songs. The more contemporary country with more women is more interesting.

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    1. Lol. No side career here. Just fun, Tabor!

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  5. I don't really listen to music (just Christmas music!) but I have always liked Johnny Cash. Surprisingly young adults seem to really like country music...most of my kids are fans and there have been some good concerts at the state fair here in Delaware in the past. Andrea

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    1. Young people here love the young country artists too. It's not my favourite but I have fun with it.

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  6. Big smiles.
    I listen to lyrics too.
    You are right about the doom and gloom in country. Which I find interesting as the countryside makes me feel more positive.
    I will give your song some thought...

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    1. Life is woven through a country song. It is part of what fascinates me with it. While it is not my favourite music, I like to listen to the lyrics.

      Any additions are welcome.

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  7. Oh my. I wouldn't even try. You did good though.

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  8. Good try! I'm into the new, gentler country, in minimal doses. I had Eddy Arnold force-fed as a kid, so I gravitate away from it, for the most part. ;)

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    1. Not my first choice but the lyrics are fun!

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  9. I don't do well as listening to lyrics. A great group at our Celtfest was a French group, and it didn't much matter.

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  10. OMG, Marie. This is a riot. I happen to LOVE country music and have been to many a concert in my past life...like with Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Jennifer Nettles, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, and surely many more I'm missing I'm missing.

    I'm a lyrics AND music lover when it comes to country music. Sometimes Astrid turns on random country music on Sundays when we're relaxing. Often I start repeating the lyrics to her and start hooting. So funny. Indeed, sometimes only country music can get away with it.

    But now to your "You Nailed It." You've definitely got a hit here. Try to find someone who can come up with some music for it. SERIOUSLY.

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    1. Lol. All in fun, Ginnie! A country song could be about anything!

      If you ever come this way again, come in July when the Cavendish festival is on. All the latest and greatest country artists perform there. It would be heaven for you!

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