November 19, 2008
I was listening in the car today to a track from the Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell album Begonias. It’s a winding, bittersweet epic that clocks in at over seven minutes. The title? “Conversations About a Friend (Who’s in Love with Katie).” It captures the content and mood of the song, rather than just taking a line from the chorus and making it the title.
Though I can name countless pop and rock songs like that, I couldn’t think of too many country examples of this. There’s Emmylou Harris’ “Prayer in Open D”, which is as evocative a title as it is a song. Rosanne Cash’s “Blue Moon with Heartache” was actually a #1 hit despite its mysterious title, which captures the muddled, melancholy moodiness of the track.
Then there’s my ring tone for a good two years, Dixie Chicks’ “Lubbock or Leave It.” Since it’s the only upbeat selection and you can never have enough Dixie Chicks, I’ve embedded the “Lubbock” clip below. The title really captures the spirit of the feisty performance, which is my personal favorite from their most recent album.
What do you think are some of the most creative song titles in country music?