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Arrested Development — Tennessee

Year: 1992

A powerful song about pain, Black culture, and racism that of course I completely misunderstood as a child. Complete accident that it came up on King’s holiday, but it works.

Music video cuts out the last speech by Aerlee Taree:

Headliner, I won the game of horseshoes
Now you owe me a watermelon
Let’s go climb trees and skip over rocks
Do like they do below the border
Speech’s hair
Don’t it look like the roots of the tree that the ancestors were hung from
But that’s okay, get it.

Cause he’s down to Earth

Gary Allan — Tough Little Boys

Year: 2003

I always liked this song, but now that I have children I cry half the time I hear it.

I own Allan’s first six albums. Just something about his voice. Smooth as silk. Unlike Trace Adkins’ wife who shot him, Gary Allan’s shot and killed herself. His album after that was pretty dark. Songs he wrote were “I Just Got Back From Hell,” “Puttin’ Memories Away” and “Putting My Misery on Display.” And then a great cover of Vertical Horizon’s “Best I Ever Had.”