Carrie Underwood, ‘Church Bells’ [Listen]
Carrie Underwood’s "Church Bells" tastes like sweet revenge and adds to her growing body count of no good men. The singer’s fictional story of a poor girl named Jenny quickly takes a dark turn, and the singer celebrates her antagonist’s inevitable fate.
Underwood is a strong storyteller, and on "Church Bells" she injects new drama into an oft-told tale. The Dixie Chicks “Goodbye Earl” relies on the same plot points, with Earl’s fate being the same as the oil baron in this song. We cheer for the victim, who becomes the aggressor during a final verse. Of course, we don't know for sure what happened ... wink, wink.
A well-crafted backstory pins the song in fantasy and vivid details ("dripping in diamonds") bring the whole thing to life. Jenny may not be a girl we know, but she’s someone we’ve seen on screen before. It’s here Underwood was right in saying this third single from Storyteller is her version of Reba McEntire’s “Fancy.” Both marry up, although one is better, for it while the other most definitely is not. Until she suddenly is. Expect the song to perform well on country radio, even if it's not one that pushes her artistry forward as much as others on her most recent studio album.
Did You Know?: Underwood will debut "Church Bells" at the 2016 ACM Awards on April 3.
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Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells” Lyrics:
“Jenny grew up wild, like a blackfoot daisy / Out in the shack with a blue tick hound / Broke as hell, but blessed with beauty / The kind that a rich man can't turn down / She caught the eye of an oil man / dancing / One summer night in a dime store dress / She had the looks, he had the mansion / And you can figure out the rest.”
“It was all roses, dripping in diamonds / Sipping on champagne / She was all uptown, wearing that white gown / Taking his last name.”
“She could hear those church bells ringing, ringing / And up in the loft, that whole choir singing, singing / Fold your hands and close your eyes / Yeah, it's all gonna be alright / And just listen to the church bells ringing, ringing / Yeah, they're ringing.”
“Jenny was hosting Junior League parties / And having dinner at the country club / Everyone thought they were Ken and Barbie / But Ken was always getting way too drunk / Saturday night, after a few too many / He came home ready to fight / And all his money could never save Jenny / From the devil living in his eyes.”
“It was all bruises, covered in makeup / Dark sunglasses / And that next morning, sitting in the back pew / Praying with the baptist.”
“Jenny slipped something in his Tennessee whiskey / No law man was ever gonna find / And how he died is still a mystery / But he hit a woman for the very last time.”