Friday, January 28, 2011

Cheating, boots, guns, trucks, a dog... it's all here

In the Steve Goodman and John Prine-written song "You Never Even Called Me By My Name," country star David Allan Coe famously complains to Goodman that the writer had not penned the "perfect country song" because he neglected lyrical staples such as "mama, or trains, or trucks, or prison, or getting drunk."
Goodman responded by dutifully adding a final verse full of those missing clich├ęs, to hilarious effect.

ROUTE 1 readers decide what belongs in a country song this week, by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:

"What should always be included in the words to a country song?"

JOHN S. -- Boots.

SANDYE V. -- A mute button!

RICK T. -- Love! Almost every country song is about love or heartbreak.

BEKAH P. -- Cheat, dog, trailer, boots, gun and truck.

JIM S. -- Well, shoot, it's got to be "honky tonk" or "tears in my beer."
SASKIA M. -- Kinda hard for me to answer because the general "American Country music" is the one and only type of music that I can not stand! But here it goes: cheating - beer - bar - god - truck?
BRIAN C. -- Cheating, pick-up truck, boots.

INGER H. -- A "hound dog", preferably a sad or lonesome one.

ERIK H. -- Heartbreak. Happy country songs are really only pop disguised in twang.

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