It’s funny how these blog posts sometimes come together.
As part of my blog yesterday about my confirmation song from over 50 years ago (I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd), I wanted to compare my songwriting abilities to some of the great songwriters (of course I would), and one of the names that I came across was Tom T. Hall.
Tom was the songwriter behind one of the most memorable songs from my younger days – Harper Valley PTA, which became a number one hit for Jeannie C. Riley. As described by Rolling Stone magazine, the song is about the mini-skirted heroine of “Harper Valley P.T.A. “who struts into the local junior high and exposes small-town hypocrisy by asking why Mrs. Taylor uses so much ice when her husband’s out of town”, and closes with the classic line “the day my momma socked it to the Harper Valley PTA”.
Here’s the song with its lyrics:
I guess while I was reading the little blurb about Harper Valley PTA, the word “hypocrisy” must have stuck with me.
So today as I was searching for a new song or artist to feature for Music Monday, I decided to check out the finalists for the New Female Artist of the Year from the recent American Country Music Awards. It wasn’t until I listened to the fifth and final one on the list (the artists were listed in alphabetical order), that I found a singer that resonated with me – Caylee Hammack.
And the first song I listened to of hers was titled “Small Town Hypocrite”.
It’s a beautiful song, and the video below shows off her songwriting, singing, and guitar playing abilities. She’s got that classic southern voice
Here’s what Caylee has said about “Small Town Hypocrite“, “…a lot of us have been in a situation where we’ve taken stock of our lives and thought, ‘What in the hell am I doing? This wasn’t what I signed up for and it definitely isn’t what I dreamed about.'”
How many of us have had similar thoughts? But how many of us are able to put those thoughts into a song?
So there you have it; two songs about small town hypocrisy, separated by over 50 years.