Kathleen Edwards: Of Fogerty and Fat Elvis

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory"
  • Artist: Kathleen Edwards
  • CD: Asking for Flowers
  • Genre: Country-Folk
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All it takes is a single line to make you fall in love with Kathleen Edwards' "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory." courtesy of Kathleen Edwards hide caption

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All it takes is a single line to make you fall in love with Kathleen Edwards' "I Make the Dough, You Get the Glory." Canada's answer to Lucinda Williams is reminiscing about her days banging out cover songs in bars, apparently with a crush-worthy guy who had magnetism to burn. All of which leads to that one line in the chorus: "You're cool and cred like Fogerty / I'm Elvis Presley in the '70s."

It's actually been a long time since John Fogerty was "cool," exactly — the late '60s, to be precise, when he flouted tie-dye and hippie robes in favor of flannel shirts. But never mind: It's a terrific line, complete with a pop-culture reference that's earnest rather than ironic.

The music that accompanies Edwards' words works on several levels. The swaying folkie honky-tonk evokes a hardwood-floor country bar, but reflecting its self-deprecating lyric, Edwards' delivery is docile. At the end of each chorus, she raises her voice, mildly, to belt out the song's title phrase, which implies the resentment that lingers beneath her self-loathing. In the end, she winds up balancing self-worth and self-pity — in other words, right between Fogerty and fat Elvis.

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Zoe
Released
2008

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