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Thread #23537   Message #261982
Posted By: catspaw49
21-Jul-00 - 01:55 AM
Thread Name: Country chord question
Subject: RE: Country chord question
I've heard Harlan Howard play the song and he used no minors. He tells the story of listening to a couple fight in a bar (Harlan's main songwriting studio) and the woman angrily walked snorting to her supposed husband, "Well pick me up on your way down." He wrote it down on a napkin and carried it around for awhile and then wrote the song.

Harlan Howard may be the quintessential C/W songwriter. A heavy drinker and smoker and an inveterate bar stool occupant, he used his experiences and observing troubled people to write some major hits. His then wife, C/W singer Jan Howard did the demo of "I Fall to Pieces" and wanted to record it, but Harlan saw it as a Patsy Cline song and at first Patsy had no use for it.....had to be "sold" on one of her biggest hits. I hear she didn't like "Crazy" at first either.