Sunday, January 31, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

As Bill Friskics-Warren writes in Heartaches by the Number, “Don’t Toss Us Away” is the appeal of “one partner . .  . to another to remain steadfast in the face of love’s dissolution.” But taken another way the record “also can be heard as an entreaty to radio, and the Nashville hitmill in general, not to sever its ties to the music’s down-home roots.”

“By the time Loveless cut ‘Don’t Toss Us Away’ in late 1988, the neotraditionalist fervor that greeted the mid-eighties . . . had cooled considerably. . . . Patty sings, as if surveying the casualties . . . ‘Well just think of all that we’ve been through / The world we’re building, me and you / How can all those years be tossed away / In just one moment, in just one day / Don’t toss us away.’ Patty’s prayer is that country’s circle won’t be broken. . . .”


429.  Don’t Toss Us Away • Patty Loveless • 1989


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4 comments:

  1. Lone Justice did a great version of this tune.

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    1. They sure did (it's their song). I love 'em both. Check out our Nov 11 post for LJ: http://magicjukebox.blogspot.com/2015/11/girl-groups-down-for-count-brought-low_54.html

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    2. Wasn't it written by a relative of Maria's - or did I dream that?

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    3. Yup, it was a good dream . . . Maria McKee's older brother Bryan MacLean (of Love) wrote it.

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