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Music: Kacey Musgraves
A Country Music singer from Golden, Texas. Musgraves was first exposed to the world in 2007 when she placed seventh on season five of Nashville Star. Although she had been recording since 2002, she did not get her breakout until she appeared on Josh Abbott Band's 2011 single "Oh, Tonight". After that, she signed with Mercury and released her album Same Trailer Different Park, which has produced three country singles: "Merry Go 'Round", "Blowin' Smoke", and "Follow Your Arrow". She also co-wrote and sang backing vocals on Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart", and has written songs for the Nashville soundtrack. In 2014, she won the Grammy Award for Best Country Song ("Merry Go 'Round") and Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park.

Tropes present:

  • Album Title Drop: Same Trailer Different Park is name-dropped in the first single "Merry Go 'Round".
  • Be Yourself: The moral of "Follow Your Arrow":
    Make lots of noise
    Kiss lots of boys
    Or kiss lots of girls
    If that's something you're into
    When the straight and narrow
    Gets a little too straight
    Roll up a joint, or don't
    Just follow your arrow
    Wherever it points, yeah
    Follow your arrow
    Wherever it points
  • Bowdlerize: "Follow Your Arrow" censors the line "Roll up a joint, or don't" in the chorus.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Before her debut single, she sang guest vocals on "Oh, Tonight" by Josh Abbott Band.
  • Gay Aesop: "Follow Your Arrow", again; see above.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: In "Merry Go Round":
    Jack and Jill went up the hill
    Jack burned out on booze and pills
    Mary had a little lamb
    Mary just don't give a damn no more.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: "Follow Your Arrow" is somewhere between this and a Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion:
    If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore
    If you don't save yourself for marriage you're a hor...rible person
  • Misery Builds Character: "Silver Lining" has this as a theme:
    If you're ever gonna find a silver lining, it's gotta be a cloudy day, it's gotta be a cloudy day.
    If you wanna fill your bottle up with lightning, you're gonna have to stand in the rain, you're gonna have to stand in the rain.
  • The Runner Up Takes It All: She placed seventh on the fifth season of Nashville Star, but fared much better than that season's winner Angela Hacker, who put out only one album full of demos and was never heard from again.
  • Status Quo Is God: "Merry Go 'Round" mixes this with Small Town Boredom, while "Blowin' Smoke" is about a group of waitresses who want to quit their job and go off to bigger and better things, but they're just "blowin' smoke".

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