Going For A Song: ‘Five Minutes’

Gretchen Peters – Five Minutes

To challenge my proposition last week that some of the best (contemporary) country songs are ones that threaten to tip into parody of the genre, I’ve chosen for this week’s song ‘Five Minutes’.

The song has the depth and scope of a short story which is achieved through the structure of the song. It begins with the waitress / narrator slipping out from her job ‘to sneak a cigarette’, and the song cycles through her past, present and possible future before ending back where it started: the waitress outside, alone with her thoughts, having got ‘five minutes […] to smoke this cigarette’.

There’s no sense of parody at any moment, and it still sounds, as I claimed for ‘The Promise’, ‘both contemporary and timeless’.

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