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Chapter 132: Wall Of Death

Country & folk

I regret to tell you this chapter leads off with a pretty serious tearjerker, and doesn’t let up much from there. The conceit of “Coat Of Many Colors” is almost too precious, or would be without Dolly’s complete investment. Decades later, “You Were Meant For Me” found similar pathos in painterly details and a protagonist coming to terms with life’s bad beats. All these songs stick to simple, spare arrangements with occasional country touches of organ and banjo, a style that can sparkle with contentment on “Harvest Moon” or seem deathly cold on “Atlantic City.”
1. Dolly Parton

Coat of Many Colors

2. Richard & Linda Thompson

Wall of Death

3. Waylon Jennings

The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want to Get Over You)

4. Bruce Springsteen

Atlantic City

5. Neil Young

Harvest Moon

6. Crystal Gayle

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

7. Jewel

You Were Meant for Me

8. Dolly Parton


9. The Pogues

A Pair of Brown Eyes

10. Lefty Frizzell

Mom and Dad's Waltz