"Murder On Music Row" as written by and Cordle/shell....
Nobody saw him running from sixteenth avenue.
They never found the fingerprint or the weapon that was used.
But someone killed country music, cut out its heart and soul.
They got away with murder down on music row.

The almighty dollar and the lust for worldwide fame
Slowly killed tradition and for that someone should hang
(oh, you tell them Alan).
They all say not guilty, but the evidence will show
That murder was committed down on music row.

For the steel guitars no longer cry and fiddles barely play,
But drums and rock 'n roll guitars are mixed up in your face.
Old Hank wouldn't have a chance on today's radio
Since they committed murder down on music row.

They thought no one would miss it, once it was dead and gone
They said no one would buy them old drinking and cheating songs (I'll still buy'em)
Well there ain't no justice in it and the hard facts are cold
Murder's been committed down on music row.

Oh, the steel guitars no longer cry and you can't hear fiddles play
With drums and rock 'n roll guitars mixed right up in your face
Why, the Hag, he wouldn't have a chance on today's radio
Since they committed murder down on music row
Why, they even tell the Possum to pack up and go back home
There's been an awful murder down on music row.

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"Murder on Music Row" as written by Shell Cordle

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    General Commentman i love this song
    huntingrocks24on March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is about how George Strait and Alan Jackson feel about the state of country music today. Too much emphasis on rock and pop crossover for money and fame. They also mention the true statement. Hank Williams/Merle Haggard etc. would never get played in today's country market.
    misterclon November 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSign if you want real country back: petitionspot.com/petitions/fixcountrymusic/
    shadowkats3on July 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song Murder on Music Row is exactly what is needed. Both George Strait and Alan Jackson should be commended and honored to play a song like this because too much Country these days is going the Crossover Billboard Top 40 Pop direction and that is a damn shame and a travesty! George and Alan clearly love Country for what it can, might and will always be. They clearly don't want to see that aspect of American Life-apologies so songbird Madonna-go the way of the Ford Model T and the 57 Chevy. As for that last part of the song, would Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash have a fighting chance on Country Radio today? i think not. What passes for Country these days-Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Josh Thompson sure ain't Country to me at all! This music is absolutely terrible but it sure ain't Country, much less let alone Rock! Thanks King George and Prince Alan for letting me know what Country is really about and can be still! Country Forever-I will always remember and never forget it!
    rabbitbunnyon July 13, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThey could also be singing about the bro country music trend that has affected every male country music artist and band. It seems like even the older male artists such as Joe Diffie and Tim McGraw seem to be jumping on that bandwagon. Hank, Merle, and others are rolling in their graves.
    seeingon August 28, 2015   Link

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