Almost all country songs out there tell a story, same goes with the songs of Patsy Cline. She tells stories through her lyrics. Even though she left us too soon, her legacy lives on. Her songs have catchy tunes to move us. It is hard to choose a favorite among her songs because there are too many! However, we bring you five of the Patsy Cline favorites and the stories behind them.
1. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
Originally given to pop singer Kay Starr, but her label declined. According to singer-songwriter, Rissi Palmer “Cline actually disliked the song at first, but as is often the case, she compromised with her label that she would record it as long as she could also record ‘A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold),’ a song she actually liked.” After that it became a hit. A lot of people connects the song with Patsy Cline up to date. With this catchy song, she seems to blend with country and jazz. The song is also unique because it has the undertone of pop and R&B.
2. “You Belong to Me”
She recorded her version of this song in 1962, but before that, this song was already recorded by many artist. “It was included with several other standards on the album Sentimentally Yours to appeal to a crossover audience,” said Rissi Palmer, adding that “it wasn’t a single or a hit.” However, that makes the song special. Palmer also added, “This song showcases Cline at her finest and doing what she does best: yearning. The tune drips emotion and passion.” In addition, The lyrics deliver a scenic vision with her signature sound.
Did you know that the song “Always” was the reason behind the fans club’s name ‘Always Patsy Cline?’ The story of the song dates back to Irving Berlin, the famous composer who wrote the song in 1925 for his wife as a wedding gift. In 1963, during her last recordings, Cline recorded the song. The song was dropped posthumously in her 1980 album, Always.
4. “Let the Teardrop Fall”
A lot of songs were released after Cline’s demise. This track was left over from her time at her previous record deal, 4 star. “Imagine Chuck Berry guitars, with sad country lyrics, and Cline’s effortlessly beautiful vocals,” says Brandon Harrington, a Nashville podcast host and producer. “It may sound a little forced, but remember this was recorded in a time when artists like Brenda Lee or even Wanda Jackson were killing the charts with their own flair of rockabilly.” What this song holds show how dynamic and versatile Cline is as a singer. It proves that even the record labels don’t always know what is best.
5. “I Love You So Much It Hurts”
This song was originally written in 1947. It was very emotional and only has three stanzas. “Anybody that has ever loved so much can really identify with this song,” says Harrington. “Now mix it with Patsy’s vocal and it resonates even more.” The story behind this song is simple that the lyrics give it away. The song is about loving so much that it hurts and all the sadness that loving can bring. Fans love Cline’s blues-y vocals and powerful lyrics, as an ode to the power and vulnerability of love.
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