Little Bonnie

Album: A Blessing And A Curse (2006)
  • Lead singer-guitarist Patterson Hood wrote this Country Gothic ballad about his first cousin once removed, who died at the age of four, before Patterson was born. The death of Bonnie, while central to the song, is not the focus of the story; rather, Patterson portrays the family's emotions and the fact that Bonnie's everlasting presence remains with the family decades after she is gone.
  • Bonnie is described as a "swollen angel", suggesting she might have had a kidney disease. Bonnie's father, Patterson's great-uncle, was an extremely religious man, who believed that Bonnie's illness and death were intended by God as a punishment, not of her, but of himself.
  • In interviews, Patterson reveals that he grew up hearing the story of Bonnie's life and death, and that it had a profound effect on him. Singer-guitarist Mike Cooley adds that one good thing about Bible Belt mentality is that it allows you to express yourself without judging the people you're describing. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ekristheh - Halath, for all above

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Pam TillisSongwriter Interviews

The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.

George ClintonSongwriter Interviews

When you free your mind, your ass may follow, but you have to make sure someone else doesn't program it while it's wide open.

Gary LewisSongwriter Interviews

Gary Lewis and the Playboys had seven Top 10 hits despite competition from The Beatles. Gary talks about the hits, his famous father, and getting drafted.

Hawksley WorkmanSongwriter Interviews

One of Canada's most popular and eclectic performers, Hawksley tells stories about his oldest songs, his plentiful side projects, and the ways that he keeps his songwriting fresh.

Al KooperSongwriter Interviews

Kooper produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, played with Dylan and the Stones, and formed BS&T.

Song Titles That Inspired MoviesSong Writing

Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.