December 20

Reba McEntire Shines on Stage as She Sings “Hard Candy Christmas”

Christmas is all about cheerful moments with family and friends. It’s where people share what they have, and get together with their loved ones to share stories and create moments.

You can feel that Christmas is in the air, with the baked cookies in the kitchen, gifts under the Christmas tree, and Christmas songs playing everywhere. However, not all Christmas songs are as happy as we thought them to be.One Christmas song that has a lonely message was Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas.”

Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas”

“Hard Candy Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Carol Hall. It was written for the musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In 1982, Parton recorded a solo version of the song. It was included as one of the soundtracks to the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Her recording went straight up to number eight on the Billboard country chart.

All About the Song

The song is not exactly a happy Christmas song like we often hear playing. Instead, “Hard Candy Christmas” is about being independent and doing the things you want. Despite that the narrator of the song’s trying to be fiercely independent, it seems that she is only focusing on herself to mask the pain she has.

Fine and dandy

Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas

I’m barely getting through tomorrow

But still I won’t let

Sorrow bring me way down

Reba McEntire’s Version

This sad song was covered by Reba McEntire on her 2016 album My Kind of Christmas. None of the songs from her album were released as a single. Hence, it never entered the chart. But, her album did quite well on the chart. It placed at number one on the Top Holiday Albums chart, and number seven on the Top Country Albums chart.

Reba McEntire Shines on Stage as She Sings “Hard Candy Christmas” 1

CMA Country Christmas Special

It may not be the kind of song you would want to listen to this Christmas, but Reba made an amazing performance during the CMA Country Christmas Special last September 27. The full show was aired last December 10. Reba was seen in a sparkling silver gown with fringe draping from the side of her sleeves. She was accompanied by pianist Catherine Marx. The song may sound sad but Reba surely shined on stage with her performance.


Dolly Parton, Hard Candy Christmas, Reba McEntire

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