“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Why I love Country Music and the "shaving legs" saga
Friday, January 9, 2009

I grew up in the middle of nowhere -- East Jesus, we called it -- a town on the High Plains of eastern Colorado, 170 miles from the nearest airport or McDonalds, though there is a McDonalds there now. This meant we only had one radio station to listen to ... and that was KNAB, 1140 on the AM dial. And since my town was in the middle of ranch and farmland, KNAB's format was ... you guessed it: Country.

As a result, I grew up not liking country music because it was my only option, so, obviously, I rebelled against it.

But, having lived most of my adult life on the East Coast, I have since re-visited country music and have come to love it, especially classic country ... not that new crap that can't make up its mind whether it's rock or country.

I think the other reason I like country music is because I can understand the lyrics. I've always thought I had this genetic flaw that didn't allow me to understand song lyrics. (Remember the Pina Colada song from the '70s? Well, I thought they were singing "I like Bean Enchiladas," not "I like Pina Coladas.")

Years later I realized that it wasn't my ears that were the problem -- it was the singers' inability to articulate. But those country singers ... their diction is awesome. And here is a great song by Deana Carter called DID I SHAVE MY LEGS FOR THIS?

"Flowers and wine is what I thought I would find
When I came home from working tonight
Well now here I stand, over this frying pan
And you want a cold one again

I bought these new heels, did my nails
Had my hair done just right
I thought this new dress was a sure bet
For romance tonight

Well it's perfectly clear,
between the TV and beer
I won't get so much as a kiss

As I head for the door
I turn around to be sure
Did I shave my legs for this?

Now when we first met
you promised you'd get
A house on a hill with a pool

Well this trailer stays wet
and were swimmin' in debt
And you want me to go back to school

I bought these new heels,
did my nails
Had my hair done just right
I thought this new dress was a sure bet
For romance tonight

Well it's perfectly clear, between the TV and beer
I won't get so much as a kiss
As I head for the door
I turn around to be sure
Did I shave my legs for this?
Darlin', did I shave my legs for this?


3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, rebelled against country music as a child: It was what my dad made us listen to on long car trips. But now I am mature enough to acknowledge that George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" is one of the greatest songs ever, period. And as a word person, I appreciate that most country songs tell a story, albeit often a sad one. Like the old joke says: What happens if you play a country song backward? You get your job, your woman and your dog back.
Carla in Kentucky

January 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

That is HILARIOUS!!

January 9, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Carla C. said...

George didn't think so....

January 9, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home