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.
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'...