Even after all this time (OK, I’ve only been blogging about six or so months), the most viewed individual post has been “Another Shot of Bourbon… or a List of Drinking Songs.” Thus, in honor of my 120th post, today’s Guitar Slide Wednesday features a song straight from that list of songs about drinking.
“If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me, Her Memory Will” is a song by George Jones, written by Rick Beresford, Harlan Sanders, and Karl Sanders. It appears on his 1980 album I Am What I Am. This album was a comeback for Jones, whose well-documented struggles with drugs and alcohol throughout the ’70s and missed performances earned him the nickname “No-Show Jones.” Nevertheless, this was his most successful album featuring three top ten hits, but certainly the most popular song on the album is the overwhelming successful “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Today’s song has always struck me as a bit goofy, or even corny, with lines like “These ol’ bones they move slow / But so sure of their footsteps / As I trip on the floor and lightly touch down.” Corny, perhaps, except that the overall song and its message of resignation are just so stinkin’ sad. And of course, what makes things sound even more sad than a pedal steel?!? It only plays during the choruses and first enters around 0:42. My favorite moment happens toward the end around 2:50 with a nice slide up an octave.
And since I got you thinking about it, here’s “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”