Nashville Girls

I had a revelation today, and finally figured out why women in Nashville typically live to be one hundred and fifty years old. It’s the hairspray. Out at the nursing home there is a beauty parlor that is always packed with ladies in curlers sitting under the drier. Girlfriend, you’d better believe that you might be 98 and in a wheelchair with dementia and one whole side of your body paralyzed, but your hairdo is going to be permed and teased until the day you go to Glory. And yes, those nails are going to be manicured too! I’m telling you, in many cases, the hairspray is literally the only thing holding these women together. And it doesn’t end there; Miss Pearl tells me that you have to have an advanced hair styling qualification before you can even be considered for a place at the local School of Mortuary Science.

My friend and neighbor, Gretchen Peters, wrote a song about it with Matraca Berg. It’s called ‘Nashville Girls’, and the chorus goes like this:

Nashville girls, they got big hair for a reason.
Nashville girls, they don’t go out of style.
So tease them curls, jack ’em up to Jesus.
God love you, we need more of you Nashville girls.

The song’s been recorded by Terri Clark, with Reba McEntire, Sarah Evans and Martina McBride, but no one does it like Gretchen and Matraca. They performed it recently at a Planned Parenthood benefit here in town, and you can see them singing it here, at about 20.28 on the video. In fact, you can watch the whole show. I didn’t have time to get there because I was looking after Big Daddy, but I watched the show this afternoon and it was awesome. They both played new material and it is worth making some time to enjoy it. And if you do, please consider making a donation to Planned Parenthood.

God knows, we are all too busy around here looking after elderly women to have to worry about more children.

© Copyright 2011, Southern Dysfunction




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12 responses to “Nashville Girls

  1. Your post is quite humorous.

  2. Oh this is so true! A bit of Steel Magnolia here…
    Also enjoyed listening to: Gretchen Peters – Thanks 🙂

  3. I have pictures of my mom from her big hair days that I often use as blackmail. They are quite effective. I remember the clouds of Aqua Net that used to hang in the air around the bathroom mirror when I was a kid. Cool post.

  4. OMG, Harriett, love it! Lost your email address the other week but Gretchen was kind enough to post this!

    BTW, <a href="😉 here’s the Terri Clark, Reba, Martina McBride, and Sara Evans cover via YouTube.

  5. “The higher the hair the closer to God!” I think this is a Texas expression, but has universal applications!

    • The Bearded Iris

      Dang-it, Elizabeth… you beat me to it! I love that expression. Universal indeed!

      This post cracked me up! The hairspray holding those little old ladies together? What a visual! I can just smell it from here. Yowza!

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