Gents (and Lady),
When I was a youngster back in the 1970s, I listed raptly to country music. At the time, I thought country music was kind of the "soul of every day America." From the 1980s onward, I didn't listen to country. In the last year, through the power of the Internet, I've enjoyed going back to listen to some of the big songs of that era. Bear in mind, this is the first time I've listened to some of these songs in 40 years. Thus, I'm hearing them with "fresh and decidedly older ears."
One thing that is striking is the complete lack of responsibility shown by some of the "protagonists" in the songs. For example, there's a Don Williams hit (the name escapes me) that includes the line "...you know I'm a rake and rambling man, free as an eagle flies. Look at me now and tell me the truth, do I look like a daddy to you?"
Well, no, you don't. At least, not a good one.
Then there's "Delta Dawn," a hugely popular hit from the early '70s. A line in that song notes that "all the folks around Bronwnsville think she's crazy." Well, dang, she is. She's wandering around town with a suitcase in her hand looking for a mysterious brown-eyed man. She's bats.
Then there's the Dolly Parton hit, "Jolie." In this song, the protagonist is a woman begging another woman not to steal her husband. Come on. Either kick the woman's but or kick your husband's but for fooling around. But crawling to the "other woman"? Give me a break.
There was some awfully good and down-to-earth country music "back in the day," but alot of the rest left something to be desired.
Can you gents (and lady) think of other songs that, later in life, struck you in a different way?
N.B. that "Delta Dawn" was a Helen Reddy song, and she's not Countrytime USA. She's an Ausie and a Woman (Roaring Type, Mk 1972.)
"Jolie" ("Jolee"?) is a great song. It's rivaled by Kenny Rogers' "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love to Town"), and "You Picked A Fine TIme to Leave Me, Lucille." Lots of women in country music looking for a better deal than the starter husband.
My frat liked to sing that old Tom T. Hall classic, "I Love", but after "old pick-up trucks", we inserted a line about "girls who likes to (word which rhymes with truck)", but always finished "and traaaaaiiiiins" with big smiles.