I can most likely attribute it to hearing "When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating on the Notting Hill soundtrack. While the Irishman Ronan Keating is hardly a country singer, hearing his version of the song led me to Alison Krauss' version of the song which I loved - along with all of the other songs on that album (Now That I've Found You: A Collection). Thus began my love affair with country music.
It's something that ebbs and flows with my mood. I seem to be particularly drawn to it when I'm pregnant. I'm a glutton for punishment, I suppose. In my most volatile, emotional state, I torture myself with unbelievably heart-wrenching country songs. When I want to reminisce about my early years, dating Sam, I turn on some good old Garth Brooks. Then again, I sometimes go months without listening to it. Inevitably though, I'm drawn back to it - because, let's face it, country music has the best lyrics ever. (And somehow, I'm even able to look beyond the bad grammar.)
Today, I provide you with a list (of course) of the country lyrics superlative variety:
Timber! I'm falling...in love.
~Patty Loveless, Timber, I'm Falling in Love
Best Advice from a Bartender
When you get home, she'll start to cry.
When she says 'I'm sorry' say 'So am I'
And look into those eyes so deep in love,
And drink it up.
'Cause that's the good stuff.
~Kenny Chesney, The Good Stuff
Most Honest Lyric about the Nature of Men
When you say a back rub means only a back rub then you swat my hand when I try.
Well now what can I say at the end of the day,"Honey, I'm still a guy."
~Brad Paisley, I'm Still a Guy
Most Empowering Lyric for Moms
Some people look down on me, but I don't give a rip.
I'll stand barefooted in my own front yard with a baby on my hip.
~Gretchen Wilson, Redneck Woman
Best Retort following Heartbreak
Well, here's a quarter, call someone who cares.
~Travis Tritt, Here's a Quarter
Best Truth about Tough Times
There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all
~Garth Brooks, The River
Best Farm-Related Metaphor
Hard times are real
There's dusty fields
No matter where you go
And you may change your mind
'Cause the weeds are high
Where corn don't grow
~Travis Tritt, Where Corn Don't Grow
Best Advice about (not) Procrastinating
Wouldn't change the course of fate but cuttin' the grass just had to wait
'Cause I've got more important things like pushin' my kid on the backyard swing
I won't break my back for a million bucks I can't take to my grave
So why put off for tomorrow what I could get done today
~Toby Keith, My List
Best Deterrent for Infidelity
I dug my key into the side
Of his pretty little souped-up 4 wheel drive
Carved my name into his leather seat
I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
Slashed a hole in all 4 tires
And maybe next time he'll think before he cheats
~Carrie Underwood, Before He Cheats
Saddest Lyrics about Infidelity
I can give you two good reasons
To show you love's not blind
He's two and she's four, and you know they adore you
So how can I tell them you've changed your mind?
~Dixie Chicks, You Were Mine
Most Patriotic (?) Lyric
And you'll be sorry that you messed with the U.S. of A.
'Cause we'll put a boot in your [other word for hiney], it's the American way.
~Toby Keith, Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue
Truest Way to a Man's Heart
Plowing these fields in the hot summer sun
Over by the gate lordy here she comes
With a basket full of chicken and a big cold jug of sweet tea
I make a little room and she climbs on up
Open up a throttle and stir a little dust
Just look at her face she ain't a foolin me
~Kenny Chesney, She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
Most Chill-Evoking Lyrics
He said,"My name is Private Andrew Malone.
If you're reading this, then I didn't make it home.
But for every dream that shattered, another one came true,
This car was once a dream of mine, now it belongs to you.
And though you may take her and make her your own,
You'll always be riding with Private Malone."
~David Ball, Riding with Private Malone
Most Comforting Lyric about Unconditional Love
They say that time takes it toll on a body;
Makes the young girls brown hair turn gray.
But honey, I don't care, I ain't in love with your hair,
And if it all fell out, I'd love you anyway.
~Randy Travis, Forever and Ever Amen
See what I mean!? BRILLIANT, I tell you.
I realize not everyone listens to country, but if you do, let's hear some superlatives of your own. Hey, I'm not picky...just give me some fun lyrics from any music genre.
(Because no blog post of mine would be complete without a homework assignment.)