While getting a card for my mom’s birthday at Wal-Mart, I decided to swing through the CD section. While browsing the CDs, I found Tanya Tucker’s 20 Greatest Hits, so since I know none of her songs, I picked up the set for 8 bucks. So far, my favorite track is “Soon”, the title track of one of her 90’s albums, and a #2 hit on the country charts. It’s a song about “the other woman”, the mistress of a cheater. So here are my three favorite songs about her, “the other woman.” (shortened to “TOW”)
“Soon” by Tanya Tucker
This song portrays the beginning, TOW has a summer fling with a taken man, and it goes too far. All he does is tell her that he’ll be with her soon, leave his other girl soon, but eventually it gets to this:
He’ll say soon to her forever
So she makes her new years resolution
Soon she won’t call him anymore
Soon, when he shows up at her door and
Asks her when can I be with you again
It’ll be her turn to say
She wants to break free from him, and she will, soon. Tanya really gives this song the emotional thrust it needs, and it never gets bombastic like it could. It’s a little resigned and regretful, as it should be.
“Stay” by Sugarland
Yeah, you all know this song, but it had to be mentioned. Here TOW goes through an epiphany:
I can’t take it any longer but my will is getting stronger
And I think I know just what I have to do
I can’t waste another minute after all that I’ve put in it
I’ve given you my best, why does she get the best of you?
So next time you find you wanna leave her bed for mine,
Why don’t you stay?
This song takes that moment of epiphany and illustrates it perfectly, capturing all the emotion and motivation that goes into it. It’s a modern masterpiece, and hands down one of the best songs on radio recently (If only they would release “Very Last Country Song” as a single…). TOW is portrayed not as a villain, but as a person with their own feelings and self worth who has been deluded and betrayed.
“She Gets What I Deserve” by SHeDAISY
Finally in this song, TOW regrets what she’s done to the wife of the man she was with. She knows everything about the wife, having seen her from a distance. She sees the hurt the wife, and wishes it was all different:
I can’t whitewash my excuses,
I can’t cover up the stain,
I can’t give back what I’ve taken,
I should be the one to bear the pain.
I just pray that God forgives me
For what I’ve done to her
She gets what I deserve…
This song conveys the massive amount of regret necessary for this kind of song, and Kristyn Osborne really proves her writing chops. SHeDAISY is often mocked and teased by country fans, but this song is a great country song that really proves their worth.
So what are your favorite songs about “the other woman”?