ihcoyc: Stop Needless Noise: Help America keep calm (needless noise)
Steve Gustafson - Heroic Overture
Bee Gees - Holiday
Espers - Flaming Telepaths
Purcell - Suite in A Minor mvt. 1
Judy Garland - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Rosanne Cash - Motherless Children
The Highwaymen - Michael
Purcell - Suite in A Minor mvt. 2
Hot Rize - Won't You Come and Sing For Me
The Monkees - Riu Chiu
Handsome Family - Your Great Journey
Bee Gees - Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Ralph Stanley - This World is Not My Home
Purcell - Suite in A Minor mvt. 3
Vitalic - Poison Lips
Helene Böksle - Dejlig er jorden
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Billy Joe Shaver - When I Get My Wings
Yoko Kanno (GITS soundtrack) - Christmas in the Silent Forest
Purcell - Suite in A Minor mvt. 4
Grateful Dead - Brokedown Palace
Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again
Crosby Stills Nash and Young - Find the Cost of Freedom

ihcoyc: Stop Needless Noise: Help America keep calm (needless noise)
I know. It is written. Thou shalt not cover Bowie. Still...

Well done. )
ihcoyc: Stop Needless Noise: Help America keep calm (needless noise)
A solid performance. )
ihcoyc: Stop Needless Noise: Help America keep calm (needless noise)

Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town is a mini-masterpiece of sick-mindedness, with its tale of a crippled war veteran fantasizing about his wife's affairs, and wishing he could move so he could murder her. It's evil. I wish I had thought of it.

What makes this so deliciously evil is that from the listener's viewpoint, the narrator is in no position to know whether or not the adulteries he sings of are real or not. We can't be certain whether the woman is actually having these affairs, or whether they are entirely the fancies of a man who's in no condition to investigate them; all that he knows is that she is out of sight in places he cannot follow.

What we do know is that he wants to murder her, and wishes that we were able to move so he could do the deed. That is pretty nasty in itself. Yes, of course, it's sexist, and treats women as property. The audience for which Mel Tillis originally wrote it apparently found nothing unusual about it. Violent sexual jealousy was a fact of life they accepted. (And they may as well; it isn't like there's anything that can be done about it.)

What amuses me is that Kenny Rogers, Mr. Whitebread MOR Pop-Country Christmas Special himself, rose to fame with material like this. Later in his career, Rogers recorded Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler's Coward of the County, a song that's perhaps even more sick-minded than this one, but with a much more straightforward narrative that lacks Ruby's narrative subtlety. But both pieces are a portrait of a nation whose mainstream tastes are sick in mind and soul, which is why I love them despite myself.


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