Who did we let Emily marry?
On May 1, 1999, Emily Erwin married Texas singer/songwriter
in a private ceremony on a ranch in the Big Bend area of West Texas.
(owner of the Chicks' favorite site) put together a scrapbook, and everyone on the list was just overjoyed
that Emily had found the love of her life. And this time, it seems to have worked out -- see the
Fall 1994 Chick Chat
for info about Emily's breakup with Mr. Wright.
But who is this man from Bandera, Texas who snagged the last available Dixie Chick (besides
recently divorced Natalie)? Well, he's friends with Lloyd Maines, just like
every other country singer in Texas. His brother
is a singer/songwriter in his own right. But who is Charlie?
Well, if Natalie was speaking from the heart when she decried marijuana use on
Politically Incorrect (May 1999), then she won't approve of the pot and
cocaine references in his songs. And in these days of paranoia over mass killings, Emily's teenage
fans may cringe at the frequent violent death that takes place in most of the songs that don't
involve illicit drug use.
Charlie Robison is nobody's poster child. But he's a damned good singer, and his non-PC lyrics
are simply an honest reflection of the world. It ain't "sanitized for your protection", it ain't candy-coated,
and it's a long ways from Emily's North Dallas highbrow roots. It's the real world, with all its grit and squalor.
Welcome to Texas, south of Plano.
This page contains interesting information about the songs of
Charlie Robison. It is presented as a satirical look at an aspect of the
Dixie Chicks fan culture. This page should not be read by any individual
(of any age) who does not fully understand the following terms:
If you are not familiar and comfortable with these concepts -- if you thought that the fight over
Natalie's affections on the Email list was real -- then please enjoy the rest of the site and
return to the Timeline right now.
- Satire, purposely stretching facts to make a point
- Irony, humor found by an unusual juxtaposition of facts
- Dark Humor, not "funny-ha-ha" humor
- Social Commentary, sometimes the truth ain't pretty
Charlie Robison - Life Of The Party
In the spirit of the out-of-context remark, here are some of the lyrics to Charlie Robison's songs.
Each one of these songs tells a story with a moral, and judging the songs (or the singer)
by these selected lines is like condemning
Independence Day as an incitement to commit arson.
Did you read the disclaimer at the top of the page? I knew you could.
- Poor Man's Son
This song asks a question while it makes a statement. If you were "born a poor man's son,"
do you really have a chance in hell?
Sound Sample (1:43 - 1:55, 100K) *4
I met a guy, he was a crazy guy
He said 'I'm goin' to get me some'
Let's go across the tracks where they keep that jack
All we need is a little black gun...
- Sunset Boulevard
In this song, he also says he wishes the Enquirer would write a story that he's gay.
Would that make Emily a lesbian?
And I'd spend all my money
On caviar and cocaine
And I would not remember
How you broke my heart today
A honky-tonk song, with no violence or drugs -- though the "three men in a tub" line is always good
for a drunken cowboy hoot 'n holler in concert. If you counted alcohol as a drug,
you'd have to scratch the entire Top 40 off your playlist. Speaking of which... this song got
a lot of airplay in Dallas, but didn't make the Top 40.
And rub-a-dub-dub three men in a tub
Sure sounds kinda funny to me
So I made up a honky tonk nursery rhyme
And it's the only one I'll sing
- My Hometown
Gee, Natalie, I guess someone other than Woody Harrelson has heard of the loco weed.
Sound Sample (0:35 - 0:50, 116K) *4
We worked 80 hours makin' time and a half
But La Grange was too damn' hot
So we drove back home at the end of that week
And we spent it all on pot
- Don't Call Me A Fool
"Don't call me a fool," Charlie sings, "I know where she's been." Looks like he knows
where she's going, too.
And don't you feel guilty
For something you said
When they find my darlin'
With that hole in her head
- I Don't Feel That Way
A song of dead love, no violence or drugs
- You're Not The Best
No violence or drugs, but who did he write this about? Oh, his brother wrote it, so it
couldn't be about Emily, right?
So darlin' don't you worry 'cause they say that love is blind
But Lust has eyes like an eagle it's gonna drive me outta my mind
Though my eyes sometimes wander it doesn't mean that I'm untrue
You're not the best, but you're the best that I can do
- Loving County
I like this song for the same reason I like the TV show NYPD Blue. Actions have consequences.
When he sings later about looking up at the stars in the East Texas sky, Texans know Charlie's
talking about Huntsville, Texas... Death Row.
Well, I follwed her home and when she was alone
I put my gun to her head
I don't recall what happened next at all
But now that rich woman, she's dead
- Waiting For The Mail
No violence or drugs, just an empty wanting.
There was a time when dying in a war was not considered newsworthy, and what we now call
"Ethnic Cleansing" was called "Manifest Destiny."
When the war they called Civil had barely begun
Me and my cousins decided we'd run
Up through Louisiana to meet up with the Grant
But 100 damn rebels shot us there in the sand
- Molly's Blues
This song may not count since nobody actually dies. But there is the threat of violence,
and in the suburbs of Dallas, that's enough to get you suspended from school. Especially
if you have body piercings and unusually colored hair. I'm a decade and a half past
high school, but this paranoia against anyone who looks "different" is the ultimate
consequence of Political Correctness turned on its head!
There was a black man on the corner
He said boy just turn away
I got a gun here in my pocket
And I will take your life away
Charlie Robison Links
Charlie is finally attracting attention outside of Austin and Bandera!