Sometimes these country songs that tell a story I can't tell if they were meant to be a serious song or if it was meant to be just a joke. I can't believe that this "Miss Nancy Ann" song exists for any other reason than comedy. The song reminds me of the classic episode of the Simpsons where Bart gets the job at the Maison Derrier. Then there is one bit where there are photos of public figures leaving the place. Of course Mayor Quimby is scene leaving and he is wearing his mayor sash. So when I hear this song about Miss Nancy Ann's place burning down and the mayor being the first to be seen leaving I can't help but picture Mayor Wills leaving with a mayor sash like old Joe Quimby.
"If It's All The Same To You" is just an okay song. Nothing really special there.
This record was Tex Williams last hit record in 1971. Tex Williams career however goes back some years. He was one of the key pioneers that brought country and more specifically western swing music into popular appeal. If you have a chance go back and listen to some of his early work where he was a contemporary of Bob Wills. He did all sorts of western swing, but made a name for himself with this type of humorous narrative song.
I have a best of compilation of Tex Williams CD, but that lacks several of his biggest hits. The one I'd love to hear is "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette" Sounds like that could contain from historical comedy gold. Well someday I'll track it down and maybe I'll share it here if I do. Until then you can listen to these two from the end of Tex's career.
01 The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel For Single Girls Burned Down.mp3
02 If It's All The Same To You.mp3