Has this perfectly fine song, performed in a perfectly fine manner, been unfairly forgotten by history because the perfectly passable performer was Bo Duke? And, if it is a perfectly fine song, who could sing it now and give it another shot at being a perfectly fine song for the ages?
I’m going to say Alan Jackson. Alan Jackson should cover this.
And, as always, Gretchen Wilson should cover this, and save her career (See, Republicans? I’m willing to give you brilliant career advice when I have it.)*.
But the real question is this: Could anyone now do this song justice or does John Conlee’s voice make each song so uniquely his that there’s no way to cover it and do it justice?
*I have to tell you that what tickles me about this version is that I’ve known and loved this song my whole life. In fact, I probably hadn’t heard this song performed by anyone but me in years. And then, when I first got an iPod, I bought this song and I played it and I realized that I’d been singing the wrong tune, all this time. Just made up my own tune, similar to Frizzell’s, but not the way the song actually goes. And then, I found this version on YouTube and I realized, even David Frizzell doesn’t sing the same tune to this song every time he sings it. And that made me laugh and feel in good company.