Songs You May Have Missed #78

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Charlie Rich: “Rollin’ With the Flow” (1977)

Four years after “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl” were monster hits on both country and pop charts, Rich delivered one last modest crossover hit, this philosophical and unapologetic nugget from 1977. This is how the best country songs did it: with a lyric portraying a tragic character, but not in a maudlin, self-pitying voice. This aging n’er do well isn’t asking for your sympathy; he’ll get by. We all have one alcoholic uncle like him. Let him alone, as long as he’s not hurting anybody. He just wants to burn out rather than fade away.

They don’t write country songs like this anymore. That’s why they keep covering them.

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