Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist knows he or she is poking fun at an archetype. Maybe that's why She Said likes Dale Watson
and Junior Brown
so much - their ability to write countless songs about the same old country trope, as if the joke never gets old.
Below, some of She Said's favorite funny country songs.
"King of the Road," Roger Miller
Roger Miller's delightfully cheeky ode to the workin' man gets special treatment from the also delightfully cheeky Dean Martin.
"Did I Shave My Legs for This?" Deana Carter
Oh, honey. Never do anything for a man you wouldn't do just for yourself. Carter's slow ballad belies the sad, silly lyrics about the oft-slighted Southern housewife.
"Trashy Women," Confederate Railroad
Hey! Spring Break starts next week for most of Houston. These guys should check out the Bolivar Peninsula (a.k.a. the Redneck Riviera) for Confederate bikini-clad bottle blondes of the quality they sing about here. [Ed. Note: We certainly are.]