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Williams began writing the song in after poet Frank Stanford killed himself with three gunshots to the heart, but it didn't see the light of day until more than 13 years later. Williams told the New Yorker she held the ballad "because my career has been distinguished by other people, who have always been men, telling me what I should sound like. Within the weepy "Chiseled in Stone," the boundlessly forlorn Vern "The Voice" Gosdin goes straight for the heartstrings and yanks. Tinged with gospel harmony and a tad overstuffed production-wise, the Country Music Association Song of the Year details the aftermath of a lovers' quarrel, a.

But Dolly uncovers a new wrinkle in a shopworn image. Here, her man sends her the flowers, along with a curt goodbye note when he dumps her, leading her to discover, as another poet once sang, that every rose has its thorn, just like every cowboy sings a sad, sad song. Songwriting great Harlan Howard — the man who defined country music as "three chords and the truth" — masterfully straddles the line "sympathetic" and "kind of patronizing" in this sharp appraisal of how a history of heartbreak left a woman "cold and bitter.

But Tillis' cool reserve in his version, echoed in a stately piano accompaniment, mined the lyric for maximum devastation. Though Ray Price first met Kris Kristofferson when the latter was a janitor at Columbia Studios, the singer wouldn't remember the songwriter's name until he heard his "For the Good Times" demo between sets during an tour.

Though it sounds like an old standard, Vince Gill wrote "Go Rest High on That Mountain" in , inspired by the death of country great Keith Whitley due to complications from alcoholism in Though Gill began writing the song after Whitley's death, he finished it following the death of his own older brother in Despite the devastating lyrical content and tragic circumstances, it's noted for its spiritually optimistic note. Nelson's version might be the sparest of them all: just guitar, accordion and wounded warble painting an unbearably sad last-goodbye scene in vivid sepia tones. Even the Reivers and UB40 have recorded "Blue Eyes" since, and legend holds that it was the last song Elvis Presley ever played on his piano in Graceland before his death.

Austin-based singer-songwriter Bruce Robison was inspired to write "Travelin' Soldier" after a friend was activated for duty in the first Iraq war. Robison released the initial version of the song — the tragic love story of two lonely teenagers whose budding romance is trampled under the weight of the Vietnam War — in the mid-Nineties, but it became a chart-topping hit in after the Dixie Chicks re-recorded it when it again became relevant.

The song peaks on a Friday night at the football game, when the young man's name is read over the loudspeaker as the crowd is asked to pray for the "list of local Vietnam dead. In the two weeks following, "Travelin' Soldier" dropped to Number Three, then off the charts completely. Released in October , "If We Make It Through December" tells the tale of a factory worker who gets laid off shortly before the holidays and then becomes wracked with guilt over his inability to buy his daughter some "Christmas cheer.

But while headlines screamed of "bear markets" and "economic indexes," Haggard's song got right to the heart of the issue: the people behind those headlines. More importantly, it mirrored the optimism that shone through the struggles: "If we make it through December, we'll be fine. Inspired by the story of a father who kept his son's Dodge around after the son was killed in Afghanistan, "Truck" isn't just an exploration of the ways we try and maintain connection to people we've lost through what they left behind, but about men: how they're allowed to feel, how they aren't.

The song is there to emote in ways he feels like he can't. Heavy doesn't even begin to describe Shelby Lynne's acoustic retelling of her own fractured home life in "Heaven's Only Days Down the Road. It was then that her estranged alcoholic father shot and killed her mother before turning the gun on himself.

Two gunshots serve as final punctuation. Written after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, , "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning " stands as one of the most poignant "of the people" songs ever written.

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Jackson's heartfelt expression of stunned helplessness encapsulated the American collective consciousness perfectly and the song stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks. House Of Representatives, placing it in the permanent Congressional Record. Recorded during the dawn of the highly stylized Nashville Sound era, "Long Black Veil" was a musical departure for honky-tonk singer Lefty Frizzell.

The saddest moment, however, is reserved for his lover, wailing under cover of the night winds. Honky-tonk star Faron Young was hanging at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge near the Grand Old Opry when a struggling tunesmith with a stack of rejected demos played him this song. From breakfast beer to dirty shirts, no song better describes the feeling of waking up hungover and alone than "Sunday Morning Coming Down.

A dysfunctional family's plight hits a disastrous final note in John Michael Montgomery's soap opera tale "The Little Girl.

If We Make It Through December

Backed by harmonies from bluegrass stars Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski and an arrangement to urge on the waterworks, Montgomery remains even-keeled as the fable reaches its spiritual conclusion. On record and especially onstage, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss can both play the class clown to perfection, but this duet off Paisley's Mud on the Tires will exquisitely ruin your whole afternoon, a star-crossed lovers' lament in which both parties drink themselves to death, one verse at a time.

The video packs a Lifetime movie's worth of pathos into the first two minutes alone.

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Not just one of country music's most evocatively ripe lyrics but maybe also its most acute diagnosis of clinical depression: Everything the singer encounters — from the weep of a robin to the whine of a train to the fact that a falling star makes no sound at all — mirrors his dark mood.

Hank thought it was a poem, not a song, written initially for his alter ego "Luke the Drifter" to recite. Good thing he reconsidered: Without the gentle lope of the melody softening the mood, what Elvis introduced as "probably the saddest song I've ever heard" during his legendary televised concert in Hawaii might have been too hopeless to endure.

No one in country music has done more to bring attention to abuse than Martina McBride. But does it at least have a happy ending? Well, while the song doesn't the "concrete angel" in question is a grave marker , but its legacy does.

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See, Jeremy! Later, Wynonna is joined by Nicole and the police as they search far and wide for the missing boy. One deputy tags along with Wynonna — Charlie Sebastian Pigott. They discover a sample from the child, who we learn is named Tim McBlake. We know that Bulshar is obsessed with first settlers, for some inexplicable reason. Wynonna and Charlie return to the police station in the hopes that Jeremy can study the sample they found. Kate discloses what little knowledge she possesses — only that her vampire coven was ordered to separate first descendants from the rest of Purgatory.

Oh, and apparently she tried to tell Doc many times that she was a vampire. However, Doc can sometimes be as thick as his mustache…which is very thick. She asks the Revenant what he knows of her father while brandishing a gun. Mama Earp knew that Waves was in danger, especially with the demon Jolene lurking. Bobo threatened the current Earp heir into taking Waves. Bobo reveals that Julian is alive, and not missing as originally thought. Time for an angel hunt! Meanwhile, Nicole urges Nedley to join in the search for Tim.

Nedley promotes Nicole to sheriff. Go Sheriff Haught! Pictured: Katherine Barrell and Greg Lawson, syfy. Thankfully, Wynonna and Charlie storm the lair with Peacemaker in tow. They lay waste to the Revenants within, but unfortunately Bulshar escapes unscathed. Robin and his fellow captives are released, free to return home to their families.

Now, Robin reunites with Jeremy at the police station.

If We Make It Through December

Jeremy learns that Robin did not stand him up. The two share an adorable smooch. Ah, I love Christmas. Later, our gang is enjoying a Christmas meal at the Homestead. They share a moment for Dolls, their fallen family member. However, Wynonna refuses to let go of the fact that Doc is married, and the latter withheld that information from her for so long. Wynonna storms off. She finds Charlie near his fire truck, and the two engage in a festive horizontal tango.

Revenge tangoing at its finest. Pictured: Sebastian Pigott and Melanie Scrofano, syfy. Meanwhile, Michelle pays Bobo a visit. She offers the Revenant a deal — he helps her find Julian. In exchange, Michelle offers him his freedom. Mama Earp drops a rope down into the well for Bobo. Uh oh. Next, Doc finds solace in the arms of Kate.

He reveals his desire to embrace the darkness — become a creature of the night.

She then turns Doc into a vampire. It would appear Doc is immortal, once again. Pictured: Chantel Riley and Tim Rozon, syfy. Follows is a brilliant addition to the Earp family, and her portrayal of Michelle is pitch perfect. Her chemistry with Scrofano is off the charts, although our lead actress could have sizzling chemistry with a brick wall. The return of Eklund as the character we love to hate is also a welcome sight. Please, never kill him off. When will we meet the angelic Julian? Before moving to Los Angeles after studying theater in college, I was born and raised in Amish country, Ohio.

No, I am not Amish, even if I sometimes sport a modest bonnet. I also work publicity for WhedonCon, a convention celebrating the works of Joss Whedon.