About the song

“Golden Ring” is a timeless classic performed by the iconic country music duo, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Released in 1976, this heartwarming ballad is a testament to their undeniable chemistry both on and off the stage.

Written by Bobby Braddock and Rafe VanHoy, “Golden Ring” tells the poignant tale of a marriage marked by love, loss, and ultimately, resilience. Its lyrics paint a vivid picture of a relationship’s journey through the highs and lows of life, symbolized by the enduring significance of a simple golden ring.

This enchanting duet was featured on George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s collaborative album, also titled “Golden Ring,” which was released in the same year. The album itself was a commercial success, reaching impressive positions on various country music charts.

Prior to “Golden Ring,” George Jones and Tammy Wynette had already established themselves as formidable forces in the country music scene, both as solo artists and as a duo. Individually, they had each achieved numerous chart-topping hits and garnered widespread acclaim for their soulful vocals and heartfelt performances. Their collaboration on songs like “Golden Ring” only served to solidify their status as legends in the genre.

“Golden Ring” quickly became one of the standout tracks in both artists’ extensive discographies, resonating deeply with audiences around the world. Its enduring popularity continues to endure, serving as a testament to the timeless appeal of George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s musical partnership.

In summary, “Golden Ring” is not just a song; it’s a heartfelt testament to love’s enduring power, brought to life by two of country music’s most legendary voices.

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Lyrics

In a pawn shop in Chicago
On a sunny summer day
A couple gazes at the wedding rings
There on display

She smiles ‘n’ 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 rings, with one tiny little stone
Waiting there, for someone to take you home
By itself, it’s just a cold metallic thing
Only love can make a golden wedding ring

In a little wedding chapel, later on that afternoon
An old upright 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 metallic thing
Only love can make a golden wedding ring

In a small two room apartment
As they fought 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 any more”
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 metallic 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