About the Song

Murder on Music Row is a country song written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell. It was first recorded by American bluegrass group Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, as the title track from their 1999 album. The song gained fame soon after that when it was recorded as a duet between country music artists George Strait and Alan Jackson.

The song is a lament for the decline of traditional country music in favor of more pop-oriented sounds. The lyrics tell the story of a “Nashville stranger” who comes to Music Row, the heart of the country music industry, with a song in his heart and a dream of making it big. However, he soon finds that the industry has changed, and there is no longer a place for his kind of music. The song ends with the stranger leaving Music Row, defeated and disillusioned.

“Murder on Music Row” is a powerful and moving song that speaks to the heart of many country music fans. It is a song about loss, change, and the struggle to stay true to oneself in the face of adversity. The song’s message is as relevant today as it was when it was first written, and it is sure to continue to resonate with listeners for many years to come.

Here are some of the key themes explored in the song:

The decline of traditional country music
The rise of pop-oriented country music
The struggle to stay true to oneself in the face of adversity
The importance of following your dreams

The song has been praised for its strong lyrics, powerful vocals, and its message of hope and perseverance. It has been covered by many artists, including George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Willie Nelson. “Murder on Music Row” is a classic country song that is sure to continue to be enjoyed by fans for many years to come.

If you are a fan of country music, or if you are simply interested in the themes of loss, change, and perseverance, then I highly recommend listening to “Murder on Music Row.” It is a powerful and moving song that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Lyrics

Nobody saw him running from sixteenth avenue.
They never found the fingerprint or the weapon that was used.
But someone killed country music, cut out its heart and soul.
They got away with murder down on music row.
The almighty dollar and the lust for worldwide fame
Slowly killed tradition and for that someone should hang
(oh, you tell them Alan).
They all say not guilty, but the evidence will show
That murder was committed down on music row.
For the steel guitars no longer cry and fiddles barely play,
But drums and rock ‘n roll guitars are mixed up in your face.
Old Hank wouldn’t have a chance on today’s radio
Since they committed murder down on music row.
They thought no one would miss it, once it was dead and gone
They said no one would buy them old drinking and cheating songs (I’ll still buy’em)
Well there ain’t no justice in it and the hard facts are cold
Murder’s been committed down on music row.
Oh, the steel guitars no longer cry and you can’t hear fiddles play
With drums and rock ‘n roll guitars mixed right up in your face
Why, the Hag, he wouldn’t have a chance on today’s radio
Since they committed murder down on music row
Why, they even tell the Possum to pack up and go back home
There’s been an awful murder down on music row.