D-I-V-O-R-C-E

Tammy Wynette

About D-I-V-O-R-C-E

"D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is an American country music song written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, and made famous by Tammy Wynette. Wynette's version was a number one country hit in 1968, and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.


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1983
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Our little boy is four years old and quite a little man
So we spell out the words we don't want him to understand
Like T-O-Y or maybe S-U-R-P-R-I-S-E
But the words we're hiding from him now
Tears the heart right out of me.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today
Me and little J-O-E will be goin' away
I love you both and it will be pure H-E double L for me
Oh, I wish that we could stop this D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

Watch him smile, he thinks it Christmas
Or his fifth birthday
And he thinks C-U-S-T-O-D-Y spells fun or play
I spell out all the hurtin' words
And turn my head when I speak
'Cause I can't spell away this hurt
That's drippin' down my cheek.

Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today
Me and little J-O-E will be goin' away
I love you both and it will be pure H-E double L for me
Oh, I wish that we could stop this D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

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Tammy Wynette

Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally as Tammy Wynette, (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998) was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of the genre's best-known artists and biggest-selling woman singers. more »

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Written by: SERGIO VEGA, TOM CAPONE, WALTER ARTHUR SCHREIFELS, ALAN CAGE

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is a classic country song penned by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman.
Chart Performance
The song gained immense popularity and reached number one on the Billboard Country Charts in 1968.
Album Title
The song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is also the title track of Tammy Wynette's third studio album.
Conceptual Content
The lyrics of "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" are about the heartbreaking process of explaining a divorce to a child, spelling out words to avoid having the child understand the painful situation.
Artistic Recognition
This song is considered emblematic of Wynette's brand as the "First Lady of Country Music" and has become one of her signature tunes.
Sampled and Covered
"D-I-V-O-R-C-E" has been covered by a variety of artists across genres including Dolly Parton and Bjork.
Personal Connection
Tammy Wynette had a personal connection to the song's theme, having been divorced multiple times.
UK Chart Invasion
In 1975, the song also managed to reach number 12 on the UK charts.
Legacy
The song firmly established Wynette's reputation for singing about real, adult emotional situations and became symbolic of her powerful, heart-wrenching vocal style.
Musical Structure
"D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is characterized by its slow tempo, simple chord progression, and featuring Pedal steel guitar, contributing to its classic country sound.

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