Country Death Song

Album: Hallowed Ground (1985)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a backwater redneck who goes insane and kills his daughter by throwing her down a well. Later, he hangs himself in a barn.
  • Bob Biggs, who was president of their record label, Slash Records, did not like this. He complained, "It's OK until that piano comes in and ruins it." The band was puzzled since there is no piano on the song. It became clear that Biggs could not tell the difference between a piano and a banjo.
  • Femmes frontman Gordon Gano started writing this when he was a sophomore in high school in study hall. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kristy - La Porte City, IA, for above 3

Comments: 1

  • Rip from Daytona Bch, Flnot about this song.. but nothing worth living for, is a excelent song. it gives me chills. i wish some radio staion would play it a time or two.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

James Williamson of Iggy & the Stooges

James Williamson of Iggy & the StoogesSongwriter Interviews

The Stooges guitarist (and producer of the Kill City album) talks about those early recordings and what really happened with David Bowie.

Chris Rea

Chris ReaSongwriter Interviews

It took him seven years to recover from his American hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," but Chris Rea became one of the top singer-songwriters in his native UK.

Rock Revenge Songs

Rock Revenge SongsMusic Quiz

John Lennon, Paul Simon and Lynyrd Skynyrd are some of the artists who have written revenge songs. Do you know who they wrote them about?

Scott Stapp

Scott StappSongwriter Interviews

The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.