August 1

From Rice to Carroll: Listen to 6 Country Anthems that Will Make you Cry

We all have sudden bursts of sentimental moments and it can happen when we remember sad memories, watch a heartbreaking scene, or read a touching story. At times, we really just have moments when we feel melancholic and want to bask in the feeling until we empty it out of our minds and hearts. One of the best ways to do so is by listening to country anthems that have well-written lyrics echoing through our deepest thoughts and emotions.

Below are some songs that will perfectly accentuate your moody moments and help you get by.

6. For the Good Times – Ray Price

For the Good Times is a break-up song written by Kris Kristofferson as part of his self-titled debut album in 1970. Months after its release, Ray Price recorded his own rendition of the song, and it earned him his 5th number one country single. Price was also given the award Song of the Year by the Academy of country Music.

5. The Little Girl – John Michael Montgomery

John Michael Montgomery’s The Little Girl is about an unfortunate young lass whose mom is a drug-addict and whose dad is an alcoholic. Every day, their house would be filled with her parents’ bickering and the girl witnessed every single blow, and every bit of painful words they exchanged. As the fights got worse, the girl’s father ended up killing her mother, then committed suicide afterward. The girl is taken into custody, until she is adopted by a loving, warm, and God-fearing family. When her new family takes her to church for the first time, the girl notices a picture of Jesus hanging on the cross. The girl points out that she did not know who the man on the picture was, she was sure that he was the same man who comforted her the terrifying night that her parents died.

4. Concrete Angel – Martina McBride

Released in 2002, Martina McBride’s Concrete Angel became an instant hit because its lyrics tackles child abuse and bullying in school. The story centers on a 7-year-old girl named Angela Carter, who suffers from domestic abuse and bullying. While there were people in her surroundings, such as her teacher, who noticed the signs of her suffering, they ignored it. Before the music video came to an end, it is shown that Angela’s mother beats her to death.

3. Just a Dream – Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood brings to light the sorrows that soldiers’ lovers, fiancées, and wives have to endure when they die. Written by Gordie Sampson, Steve McEwan, and Hillary Lindsey, Just a Dream shows a girl, who, at the beginning of the song appears to be on her way to her wedding. As the song progresses, her real destination is revealed. The woman was actually on her way to the funeral of her husband—a soldier who was killed in action. She weeps as she strongly wishes that what she is going through at the moment is all just a bad dream.

2. Drink a Beer – Luke Bryan

The third single from Crash My Party, Luke Bryan’s fourth studio album, Drink a Beer sings of the unexpected loss of death of a loved one. The lyrics depict a person who watches the sunset at the edge of a pier while drinking beer, as a way of remembering and honoring the recent demise of someone close to them. Critics reviewed the song as very distinct among other songs bearing the same theme, because it describes the “very raw and real emotion” that surfaces right after one realizes that someone close to them has passed.

1. Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carroll

The song was revised countless time for over two years, after the Carroll struggled to put together the right melody and words to give justice to the story. He just could not be satisfied with what he wrote and stressed too much over not being able to perfect the song. In the end, Carroll settled to make it as realistic and amply emotional as he could.
Based on a true-to-life event, Alyssa Lies tells the heartbreaking story of Alyssa, a young girl who happens to be a classmate of the narrator’s daughter. The two girls become friends, and the latter notices Alyssa’s injuries. Alyssa, in turn, lies and tries to cover up the fact that her bruises resulted from abuse. She lies to her classmates and teachers as well, for fear that they might discover who the culprit is. The narrator’s daughter tells him everything about Alyssa, and he decides to report the poor girl’s situation after he overheard his daughter pray one night for Alyssa’s safety. Sadly, it was too late, for the morning the narrator headed to his daughter’s school, he learned that Alyssa had already been beaten to death. As his eyes start to overflow with tears, the narrator is in despair for he knew he had to explain to his daughter why Alyssa couldn’t make it to school anymore.


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