One of my favorite things about country music is the storytelling. Sure, all lyrics are a story in song form, but I’m not in the habit of reading stories about liking big butts or a man handcuffing the woman he loves to a bed and setting her on fire, so I gravitate a little more toward country.
In my personal opinion, Kenny Rogers was one of the kings of storytelling. “Lucille”, “The Gambler”, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”, and especially “Coward of the County”, along with so many more.
Then there are romances in a song. Blake Shelton’s “Austin” is a favorite, but I think the best “complete romance novel in a song” award goes to Terri Clark for “She Didn’t Have Time”. Seriously, it’s got a total romance arc, complete with a “need a tissue” ending and happy sighs.
One of my recent favorites is “As She’s Walking Away” by the Zac Brown Band. When I hear this part, I can totally picture a romance hero during the black moment:
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
And my heart won’t tell my mind to tell my mouth what it should say
And in other song news, the new Rascal Flatts single, “I Won’t Let Go”, is the perfect song for Jack Donovan in DG4:
I will stand by you
I will help you through
When you’ve done all you can do
If you can’t cope
I will dry your eyes
I will fight your fight
I will hold you tight
And I wont let go