Monday, September 14, 2015

#93: Love songs can’t be wrong

I don’t get sucked into country songs often at all but this super-catchy melody and ridiculously romantic notion did the trick:

By Toy Caldwell (The Marshall Tucker Band)
1977, USA

The airy flute, uplifting tone and sappy message in the chorus all sound so happy but, it’s a country song, remember. So get into the verses and it’s just sad. The wrangler protagonist has fallen hard for the woman who has anchored him too long at his latest stop along the road (long enough for his boots to get old), but his nature has finally won out and so he must break both their hearts and move on. Oh well. What can you do? Men are dick-heads.

Peak: #14, Billboard Top 100.

This was by far Toy Caldwell and The Marshall Tucker Band’s biggest hit. Toy’s brother, Tommy Calwell, bassist for the band, passed away in 1980 at age 31. Toy, lead guitarist and primary writer, died in 1993 at age 46.

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