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The Love Revival of “Good Woman Blues” by Mel Tillis


American country music musician Mel Tillis sang the song “Good Woman Blues,” which was written by Ken McDuffie. In September 1976, it was released as the follow-up single from the album Love Revival.

This was Mel Tillis‘ second number-one country tune. The song spent two weeks at the top of the country chart, which it occupied for a total of twelve weeks.

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They say in every failed relationship we have, we take a piece of their heart as they take a piece of ours. In your lifetime, you may also have to let go of someone you know is so good, but you just had no choice. “Good Woman Blues” mainly talk about the melancholy of leaving a good woman behind. As may be interpreted by the lyrics, the man protagonist of the song goes from places to places and falls in love with the good women wherever he goes. At some point, he has to leave her behind and move on, yet the blues of being separated haunt him so.

Is it a take on the promiscuous relationships any male artist may have along the road? Like the good old Mel Tillis songs, this classic is also up for other interpretations.  

Today, aside from Mel Tillis’ version, “Good Woman Blues” was also given rendition by Red Jenkins in 1983, and by IIIrd Tyme Out on June 30, 1992.

Missing anyone in particular right now? Let’s revive memories of someone we had to leave behind with Mel Tillis’ “Good Woman Blues” in the video below.