I’ve been a fan of the Band Perry since they released their single “If I Die Young” free on iTunes as the Free Single of the Week. This was, of course, before it became a huge country crossover hit. They just won their first Grammy last week for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their performance on the song “Gentle On My Mind.” One of my favorite songs of theirs, however, is their song “You Lie” from their debut self-titled album.
Right from the first second of the song, I’m hooked from the epic and dramatic tone of the music. The song has some rather strong lyrics with lines like “You lie like the man with the slick back hair who sold me that Ford/ You lie like the pine tree in the back yard after last month’s storm,” and “You lie like a penny in the parking lot at the grocery store/It just comes way too natural to you.”
For me the part that really shines and sticks out happens around the bridge. It’s right after she sings “Then I’m gonna slip off the ring that you put on my finger/ Give it a big ol’ fling and watch it sink/Down, down, down/ And there it’s gonna lie/ Until the Lord comes back around” (it starts around 2:35 in the video above). The whole song is a saga about someone (presumably an ex-boyfriend) lying and doing her wrong, then we get to this portion of the song where the song slows down and grabs at the heartstrings. For me it’s the one moment of sadness, then it builds back up to another angry chorus. That moment is her showing us that she’s truly hurt and upset deep down even though she’s angry and pissed off.
Plus, Kimberly Perry’s vocals on this song (and pretty much any song she sings) is flawless and incredible.