"The Wig He Made Her Wear" as written by and Patterson Hood....
It was as open-and-shut as anything I have seen
He was a pillar of town, his reputation was clean
It was right before Easter in the first week of spring
He didn't show up for service that Wednesday night
The congregation knew something weren't right
Blood on the bed when they opened the door
The preacher was dead on the bedroom floor

Everyone knew there had to be some outside thing that made this happen
Because they seemed like the perfect family

He'd been shot in the back a day before he was found
His wife and three kids were nowhere around
An Amber Alert was issued in town
Everyone was shocked at the scene of the crime
She'd taken the kids across two state lines
Found her in Orange Beach with the kids in the car
Sent back to Selma to await her trial for first-degree murder

Was she crazy or just plain old mean to have gone and done it?
She said she heard the bang and was afraid he'd be mad, and made a run for it

Said, they were having a fight and the gun was a bluff
She didn't pull the trigger, it just went off
Said that he berated her about everything
Make her do things that made her feel so ashamed
Nobody at church would ever suspect
Made her dress up slutty before they had sex
In the courtroom that day there was an audible gasp
What they put up on display the locals couldn't quite grasp

There was an audible gasp in the courtroom that day
When the defense pulled out and displayed

Them high-heeled shoes and that wig he made her wear
Reduced her charge to voluntary manslaughter
And I ain't judging either way, but she's already out of jail
And it was them high-heeled shoes and that wig he made her wear


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"The Wig He Made Her Wear" as written by Patterson Hood

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    Song MeaningThe lyrics of this song tell a story based on the real trial of Mary Winkler for the murder of her husband, Matthew Winkler, the preacher of a church in Tennessee. Brilliantly handled. The lyrics seemed kind of ironic or mocking to me at first (which would have been funny in itself) but now I think it's more subtle than that. Really great song.
    jseamuson June 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant storytelling
    dmbstanon December 11, 2010   Link

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