Song 1980-8: Kenny Rogers, “Coward of the County”

Kenny’s first chart entry in the ’80s, this song got as high as #3 in 1980 and ended up the #34 song of the year. Up in Canada it went all the way to #1 (RPM Top Singles Chart), as it did  the in United Kingdom (UK Singles Chart).

Not bad for a story song…

Memorable lyric: “When Tommy turned around they said, ‘Hey look, old yeller’s leaving!’ But you could’ve heard a pin drop when Tommy stopped and locked the door.”


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