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Classic Rewind: Tanya Tucker & Glen Campbell – ‘Dream Lover’

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Single Review: Tanya Tucker – ‘Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)?’

tanyatuckerwouldyoulaywithmeAs we have already seen, Tanya was never afraid of controversial song choices, and in 1973, when she was still only 15, she picked David Allan Coe’s song ‘Would You Lay With Me (In A Field Of Stone)?’ as the title track and lead-off single of her third album, released in December that year. In fact, this song was controversial mainly because it was someone of Tanya’s tender years singing it rather than because it was intrinsically shocking.

It was undoubtedly an adult lyric. Defenders of the song pointed out that the ‘field of stone’ of the title referred to a graveyard, and the song was about til-death-do-us-last true love, rather than anything sordid, but the imagery is quite strong at times, and Tanya’s earthy vocal belied her youth. If her age was not known, no-one would guess this was sung by such a young girl. The controversy did not affect the single’s commercial success to any degree. It became her third straight #1 hit early in 1974.

Does the track stand up today? Unquestionably yes; I’ve been listening to it repeatedly while working on this review, and it hasn’t grown tiresome. The production is impeccable. It opens in rather subdued fashion, with Tanya’s voice starting unaccompanied, joined within a couple of bars by a soft bell-sound. The song is allowed to build gradually as Tanya’s vocal becomes more urgent and is joined by a choir of echoing background singers, with more instruments joining the mix and swelling strings as the vocal gets yet more intense in the chorus.

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