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George Jones And Tammy Wynette - Golden Ring

Released in June 1976, reaching number one on country charts on August 7 of the same year, it was the second duo George Jones-Tammy Wynette that reached the number 1 in the list of Billboard Hot Country Singles. The song would be included on the album, Golden Ring (Epic 1976)

A song written by Bobby Braddock & Rafe VanHoy, was recorded by Tammy Wynette & George Jones for the Epic label, and produced by Bill Sherrill, in May 1976, released in June 1976, reaching number one on country charts on August 7 of the same year, it was the second duo George Jones-Tammy Wynette that reached the number 1 in the list of Billboard Hot Country Singles. The song would be included on the album, Golden Ring (Epic 1976), they recorded the song in 1994 for the album, The Bradley Barn Sessions (MCA).

Story behind the song:

Bobby Braddock was inspired watching a television drama, about the history of a gun, the story behind each person who had owned it, how it had changed hands, a hunter, a police officer, a criminal … Bobby exchanged the gun for a wedding ring.

 

In the song, a young couple from Chicago, apparently very much in love, goes to a pawnshop to buy a ring for their next wedding. The man (both characters have no name in the song) laments that he can not choose a more expensive band, but is willing to buy it to show how much he loves his future wife, whom in the second song verse – he marries in a small wedding chapel later that afternoon. In the third verse, the couple has been fighting and, with the marriage clearly in trouble, the man accuses his wife of planning to leave the city. Soon after, the woman responds by telling her husband that she no longer loves him, throws the ring and leaves. The last verse presents the ring, once again in a pawnshop, waiting for its next owners.

 

Versions:

 

Lucky Star 1988 ( Jugoton Records )

Jason Sellers & Pam Tillis 1999 ( BNA Records )

Rex Hobbart & Misery boys 2002 ( Blodshoot Records )

Dwight Yoakam & Kelly Willis 2002 ( Reprise Records )

Trucker up 2006 ( Two Eleven Records )

Terri Clark & Dierks Bentley 2012 ( Emi Canada )

Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole 2017 ( Sony Music )

Rhonda Vincent & Darryle Singletary 2017 ( Upper Management )

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George Jones And Tammy Wynette – Golden Ring Lyrics

 

In a pawn shop in Chicago

On a sunny summer day

A couple gazes at the

Wedding rings there on display

She smiles and nods her head

As he says Honey that’s for you

It’s not much but it’s the best that I can do

Golden ring with one tiny little stone

Waiting there for someone to take it home

By itself it’s just a cold metalic thing

Only love can make a golden wedding ring

In a little wedding chapel

Later on that afternoon

An old up right piano

Plays that old familiar tune

Tears roll down her cheeks

And happy thoughts run through her head

As he whispers low with this ring I thee wed

Golden ring with one tiny little stone

Shining ring now at last it’s found a home

By itself it’s just a cold metalic thing

Only love can make a golden wedding ring

In a small two room apartment

As they fight their final round

He says you won’t admit it

But I know you’re leavin’ town

She says One thing’s for certain

I don’t love you anymore

And throws down the ring

As she walks out the door

Golden ring with one tiny little stone

Cast aside like the love that’s dead and gone

By itself it’s just a cold metalic thing

Only love can make a golden wedding ring

In a pawn shop in Chicago

On a sunny summer day

A couple gazes at the

Wedding rings there on display

Golden ring…

 



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