And since we are back in heartbreak territory…
Lyle Lovett, “She’s Already Made Up Her Mind” – from Joshua Judges Ruth (1992)
It’s a strange thing. You go through life thinking you don’t like country music, then you go to the record store to pick up some Lyle Lovett and Gillian Welch and they send you to… the country section. It’s a real shock. Of course, you’d always made an exception for the Man in Black, but this is… Well, it’s just hard. It shakes your world view, having to go to the country section.
The album this song is from – Joshua Judges Ruth – came out one year before Lovett’s marriage to Julia Roberts, so I’ve often wondered who it might be about. Just as I wonder, listening to some more recent Sheryl Crow, if any of the songs have to do with Lance Armstrong… But to get back to that complaint I made earlier about how few rock songs just tell stories, maybe these songs don’t have any autobiographical elements, maybe they’re just stories.
One last thought: when Roberts and Lovett married, people made all sorts of comments about “Beauty and the Beast,” but I actually think Lovett looks quite lovely here in this video, in a quirky and intellectual sort of way.