Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain

Album: Stronger than the Truth (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • "Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain" describes heartbreak in its most painful form by name-checking several of the country legend's breakup ballads to underscore the point.

    Standin by your man, that's a broken plan
    When he breaks your heart and all your trust with his two cheatin' hands
    So it's D-I-V-O-R-C-E And you don't want him to see you cryin'
    So you're Crying In The Rain
    This is Tammy Wynette
    We're talkin' Tammy Wynette kind of pain


    The Tammy Wynette hit tunes "Til' I Can Make It on My Own," and "Golden Ring" are also part of the song's lyrics.
  • The First Lady of Country Music's life and music was often synonymous with heartbreak. "This ain't no regular kind of hurt," McEntire explained to ABC Radio. "This is a 'Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain,' so you can just imagine how this lady [in the song] is hurtin'."
  • The first time Reba McEntire heard this Brandy Clark, Mark Narmore and Shelley Skidmore-penned track, she immediately recognized that it captured the traditional sound she was looking to record for her Stronger than the Truth album.

    "Number one, it's got a modulation. Number two, it's countrier than country," the singer said. "This is what I was looking for when I said my next album is gonna be stone cold country. This is it."

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