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50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs – #8: “Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings

April 25, 2008

Ol' Waylon50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs: #8

“Luckenbach, Texas” by Waylon Jennings

Album: “Ol’ Waylon”

Chart Peak: #1

City, State, or Town: Luckenbach, Texas

Waylon Jennings, one of this genre’s biggest outlaws ever, was made famous for his connections to his fans and to the real power and significance of the music he lived to make. This song became no different paying homage to the country music town of Luckenbach, Texas in what could possibly be called Waylon’s early signature #1 hit. Through the use of musical references, Waylon attempts to use country pride and the importance of the Texas city to his advantage in a side story trying to rekindle the faulting love between his character and his girl.

The greatness of this song’s lyrical references has very little limitations. The first verse starts it off smooth by introducing Waylon’s character. He reveals he is a singer, through the use of guitars and songs in relation to his happiness, and explain to his apparent other that he doesn’t need the big city and marquis lights to make him happy. He decides, on a whim, to escape the hustle and bustle and assorted commotion with just his girl and his song to get back to the basics. Where else should one go to find that true country feel than Luckenbach, Texas, after all any other famous country town would probably be packed and just as congested.

The second verse continues Waylon’s plan as he begins to build on it and add more adventurous things to the getaway. in fact he even suggests they sell his girl’s ring to buy the stereotypical clothing of the country folks and to rekindle their small town feeling by escaping the city. The problem in the relationship is finally specified as Jennings reveals that the high siciety has suffocated both of them to the breaking point. Thus they make it final and decide to travel to the peaceful country life of the Texas town and escape all that misery. They ultimately want to return to the basics of love and try to rid themselves of the complications that caused the issue.

The chorus, as usual, really brings out the best in the song with multiple country references that bring out the true country music pride and the significance of Luckenbach to the characters. Considering he didn’t write the song, it’s pretty interesting that Waylon ejects himself physically from the lyrics by sing about himself, along side Willie Nelson, as a Texas and country music icon. He shows, very carefully, that he is not the man in the song and that he is simply exercising his familiar position of being a narrator. He then draws on their successful life as the reason for the conflict and sights famous country music disputes like the Hatfield and McCoys. Continuing his slight tribute to country icons he reels in references to Hank Jr. and Newberry as classical country music artists who have made their names in the small town. Finally he draws it all together in one big shout out of pride and enjoyment for the music by saying how in Luckenbach, being a hard core country small town, nobody feels pain because there is always a way to relieve it.

In one of his most well known hits Waylon sings of how the Luckenbach, Texas has been a common country music centerpiece for a while, of course this was back in the 70’s but the small Texas town remains a popular country music play area. Through the use of a couple’s disputes, Waylon not only shows how the small town life of Luckenbach is much more pleasing and peaceful than the big shot success life of the city, but also shows the healing power of the genre while paying his respect to legendary figures and events of country music history including himself and his own heritage. Although Waylon admittedly disliked the song for many reasons, including its reference to country music stereotypes in the small town, he made it a hit and it still stands today as one of his and the genres most popular oldies.

Location within the state of Texas

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