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Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town- My Favorite Sad Song

Updated on October 16, 2014
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I was a teenager when rock and roll came out, and not being allowed to play "that disgusting music" at home made me more keen! Still keen.

Every time I hear this song, it makes me feel emotional. I don't understand why it pulls my heartstrings to such an extent - is it the words, is it the music, is it the desperation in Kenny Rodger's voice, or is it a combination of all three?

I know not. I just know it brings tears to my eyes, and a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. Now that's what I call songwriting.

The song, which came out in 1969, gives a very visual picture, and, as the words come tumbling out, each time I hear it, I see this brave and struggling Vietnam War veteran, sitting in his wheelchair, desperate to keep his beloved Ruby's love, and as he watches her doing up her makeup to go out, he begs her not to leave him. He is fully aware of his limitations and knows he can no longer satisfy her needs, but he is afraid of being abandoned and losing his lover and feels completely impotent.

I feel every one of those emotions, and it tears my heart. What sort of idiot must I be, that it affects me so emotionally? I'm not a war veteran, I didn't support that war, I've never been in this situation, and I'm not a man, so what is it?

I'll tell you what it is - this song, Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, has very powerful empathy, and Kenny Rodgers and the band knew just how to play it with maximum feeling and effect. The Vietnam War is over, but there are still wounded soldiers coming home, and this song is for all of them.

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More great music by Kenny Rogers - There's many a good tune played on an old fiddle

Listen to Kenny Rogers singing Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town on this video


This one is great because you can read the lyrics as you listen

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Kenny Rogers does amazing things with his voice. Great song!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wonderful review - will promote in all my usual places :), thank you!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      A fantastic song by a legendary singer! Thanks!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      It is nice to know I am not the only one who is so deeply affected by this song. Kenny Rogers hits right at the heart with Ruby.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Your description is excellent. I hadn't thought of it for awhile but thinking about it while reading tightens my heart (how's that for an odd description). Great lens on a great song.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town"

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you so much!

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      My favorite song by Kenny (& the First Edition) is "Something's Burning". I always wished it was longer.

      My sad Kenny Rogers song is "She Believes in Me". Being married to a traveling man seems difficult. Being married to a musician is harder still. My top SAD song from that era is "Reflections of My Life" by Marmalade. Rips me up, throws me down and kicks me out!

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Carol Houle: I don't know any of those, but maybe if I heard them I would recognize them.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My favorite Kenny Rogers hit is "What About Me" with James Ingram and Kim Carnes.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      Thanks for the sweet review. I didn't realize the song was about a Vietnam vet - I guess I never listened to it, just caught the tune.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: You can tell by the date the song came out - 1969

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Just stopping by to congratulate you for review of the day as well :)

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Brite-Ideas: Thanks, I was so pleased!

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Yes. Love the song, love the man.

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      Dan Harmon 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Whenever I hear this, I also think of "Lucille", also by Kenny. I don't know which I like better.

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      Diana Grant 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, I suppose the idea is the same, but I just think Ruby is a better tune

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