Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist knows he or she is poking fun at an archetype. Maybe that's why She Said likesDale Watson
so much - their ability to write countless songs about the same old country trope, as if the joke never gets old. Below, some of She Said's favorite funny country songs.
Roger Miller's delightfully cheeky ode to the workin' man gets special treatment from the also delightfully cheeky Dean Martin."Did I Shave My Legs for This?" Deana Carter
Oh, honey. Never do anything for a man you wouldn't do just for yourself. Carter's slow ballad belies the sad, silly lyrics about the oft-slighted Southern housewife."Trashy Women," Confederate Railroad
Hey! Spring Break starts next week for most of Houston. These guys should check out the Bolivar Peninsula (a.k.a. the Redneck Riviera) for Confederate bikini-clad bottle blondes of the quality they sing about here.[Ed. Note: We certainly are.]Basically anything by Ray Stevens
wouldn't be the first word we'd choose to describe Stevens' catalogue of work, but there is definitely something parodic about it. And unlike some of the more risque songs on this list, Stevens is at least appropriate enough for God-fearin' grandparents. And four-year-olds."Titties and Beer," Rodney Carrington
Okay, She Said's not the biggest fan of Rodney Carrington, who's from Longview and is know for his trademark... HEY! Face is up here!"Asshole from El Paso," Kinky Friedman
Kinky made this parody of "Okie from Muskogee" famous. Best line? "Knee-deep in tacos." Geddit?!"She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy," Kenny Chesney
No, She doesn't."My Favorite Waitress," Opie Hendrix
Houston's own Opie Hendrix. Didn't he used to work at the old Late Night Pie? Wonder who the waitress was."A Boy Named Sue," Johnny Cash
She Said was
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when she learned the author of her favorite childhood book of poetry, Shel Silverstein, was the author of this angry tune about a traumatized boy with a girl's name. She was even more traumatized when she found thisfree love album
recorded by the same. Seems Silverstein wasn't as innocent as his kids' books make him out to be.