Just listening for the 784,654th time....and it's just perfect in every way. Just incredible. The only reason it was remade was to scoop up a boatload of money from a more modern and accepting audience. But it is a completely different song than the other one that sounds slapped together in a few takes without a thought for the meaning. This song captivates me still, after 50+ years. Takes me to the deep South and the poverty of some who lived thru truly hard times. And the powerful spirit of a poor young girl being abandoned to her future with only a red dress and her wits to keep her alive. She not only stayed alive, she turned her hard beginnings around, became self sufficient, successful and someone with respect for herself. She didn't let the naysayers and judgers stop her. She's the one sitting in the drivers seat at the end. So, not a song about a poor girl, but a song of hope and how you can rise up no matter how far down you started. There is a huge difference between a singer who simply belts out a song that is on a page in front of them, and someone who can convey an entire experience with their voice. Telling not just a story with words, but taking you inside it and making you feel like you are there, with their interpretation.
we've smelled the shit you've said and you'll say it again. all the records say that you've bled and we'll bleed you again and again. all the thinkers are dead and we like it that way. it's about the sound of the sound not the worth of the words that you regurgitate. all the thinkers are dead so we dance on their graves and we like it that way, because we made it that way. red ink, black ink, the words don't care, the words don't think. red ink, black ink, the writers don't breath and the readers don't blink. stop quoting, start living. lead a life worth reading. stand sweating and still singing a life worth reading about.
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