Country music song titles resonate with listeners

The title of this week’s column was taken from a country song of the same name written and sung by Tex Ritter.

I could have chosen the title of many country music songs for the title of this column, like Al Dexter’s “Pistol Packin’ Mama”.

Music is our universal language. The lyrics of “You Are My Sunshine” include the world’s most recognized song melodies. You could stop a plan in Japan, and they would sign “You Are My Sunshine” in Japanese.

I love all music, from bluegrass to country, Cajun to Kris Kristofferson…and now, buckle up, I have Boston Pops recordings too. I also play two musical instruments.

King George of England during World War II said “You Are My Sunshine” was his favorite song. His eldest daughter Elizabeth became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in our lifetime.

I had the privilege of seeing the original draft of “You Are My Sunshine”, the original recording of the song was in Chicago with session musicians who had never heard country music, which is why you hear clarinets in song.

I’ll make two comments: You’ve never heard country music until you’ve heard a Cajun band with a saxophone. And the funniest thing I’ve ever heard is a Cajun band playing a rap song.

The #1 music format, by far, in America is country music. The reason is that music lovers can relate to the ballads and life stories they hear in country music.

As the caption for this column indicates, I will list the titles of many interesting country songs.

Here we are:

  • “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” popularized by George Jones, is considered the greatest country song of all time. It was the perfect song by the perfect singer with the perfect musicians at the perfect time.
  • “Rednecks, white socks and Blue Ribbon beer”
  • “All I have to offer you is me”
  • “Send me the pillow of your dreams”
  • “I love you in a thousand ways”
  • “You are my number one memory”
  • “Mom’s Hungry Eyes”
  • “Tight Jeans”
  • “Lost Days and Lost Nights”
  • “Doggone Baby, I’m in Love”
  • “I wouldn’t change you if I could”
  • “Cold and Cold Heart”
  • “Here is my everything”
  • “I want to hold you in my dreams tonight”
  • “I need someone to hold me when I cry”
  • “I forgot an orchid while looking for a rose”
  • “The Blues of Lovesickness”
  • And my favorite… “I Saw the Light”, written by Hank Williams. The song is engraved on his grave. I visited his grave in Montgomery, Ala.

Toya J. Bell