Merry Go 'Round (Kacey Musgraves song)
|"Merry Go 'Round"|
|Single by Kacey Musgraves|
|from the album Same Trailer Different Park|
|Released||September 10, 2012|
|Kacey Musgraves singles chronology|
"Merry Go 'Round" is a debut song recorded by American Country Music artist Kacey Musgraves. It was released in September 2012 as the lead single from Musgraves' debut album Same Trailer Different Park. Musgraves co-wrote and co-produced the song with Shane McAnally, with additional writing from Josh Osborne and production assistance from Luke Laird.
The song is a cynical observation on life in the American heartland. It also uses samples of the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary as a continued play-on-words. The latter part of the song retells another traditional nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, in a modernized fashion. It is in the key of F-sharp major, in a 2/2 time signature with an approximate tempo of 88 beats per minute. The song's main accompaniment is guitar and banjo.
Giving it 4.5 stars out of 5, Billy Dukes of Taste of Country compared the song's style and Musgraves' voice favorably to Miranda Lambert. It received a "thumbs up" from Juli Thanki of Engine 145, who said that she "writes with a maturity beyond her 24 years, delivering an unflinching look into small-town life that’s more nuanced than the highly romanticized rural anthems offered up by many of her male counterparts."
The music video was directed by Perry Bean and premiered in September 2012.
"Merry Go 'Round" peaked at No. 14 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The song has sold 825,000 copies in the US as of February 2014.
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||825,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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