GRUDGE SONG OF THE WEEK

The grudge content of songs is high. Let’s have a look at some of the best grudge songs out there, and see what conclusions we can draw about the grudges that have provided such inspiration…

 

WEEK 7  —  Fist City by Loretta Lynn

THE LYRICS

 

Fist City — Loretta Lynn:

 

Well, you’ve been makin’ your brags around town
That you’ve been a lovin’ my man
But the man I love
When he picks up trash
He puts it in a garbage can
And that’s what you look like to me
And what I see’s a pity.
You better close your face and stay outta my way
If you don’t wanna go to fist city.

If you don’t wanna go to fist city,
You better detour around my town
‘Cause I’ll grab you by the hair of the head
And lift you off of the ground.
I’m not a sayin’ my baby’s a saint
(Because he ain’t)
And that he won’t cat around with a kitty.
I’m here to tell you, girl, to lay off my man
If you don’t wanna go to fist city.

Come on and tell me what you told my friends
If you think you’re brave enough,
And I’ll show you what a real woman is
Since you think you’re hot stuff.
You’ll bite off more than you can chew
If you get too cute or witty.
You better move your feet
If you don’t wanna eat
A meal that’s called fist city.

If you don’t wanna go to fist city,
You better detour around my town
‘Cause I’ll grab you by the hair of the head
And lift you off of the ground.
I’m not a sayin’ my baby’s a saint
(Because he ain’t)
And that he won’t cat around with a kitty.
I’m here to tell you, girl, to lay off my man
If you don’t wanna go to fist city.
I’m here to tell you, girl, to lay off of my man
If you don’t wanna go to fist city.

SOPHIE’S  TAKE

 
One of my favourite songs, in country and western music’s great ‘Stop trying to steal my man’ grudge tradition. Jolene by Dolly Parton is also in this tradition.

Loretta Lynn wrote many songs in this vein (I think her husband might have been ‘a bit of a one’) and when I think about this song, it always makes me laugh because, many years ago, when I used to work for Manchester Theatres Ltd, I would always play ‘Fist City’, ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man’ and other Loretta grudge classics while I got ready for work.

After many months of putting up with this, my husband politely said, ‘Um…could you maybe listen to something else for a while? I’m getting a bit fed up of starting every day with Loretta Lynn promising to kick some other woman’s head in.’ We hadn’t been together that long, and he said it oh-so-cautiously. Now, he’d just say, ‘Turn that annoying noise off, please!’ He’s not a Loretta Lynn fan — but I am and always will be. She recorded some of the finest grudge songs in country music.

OTHER GRUDGE GOODIES

“Hopefully once you’ve read this book, you will  understand that grudges can and should be great, and you’ll be inspired to pass on the gift of grudge-holding to the next generation. Sending yourself and your loved ones out into the world with a strong grudge-growing ability is as essential as putting on a helmet and not drinking four bottles of vodka before getting onto your motorbike and zooming off down the motorway. Trust me: it’s true