Romm Diamonds Blog
September 29th, 2017
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town demands an engagement ring and a walk down the aisle in the up-tempo 2010 country hit, "Little White Church."



Fairchild portrays a young woman who is fed up with her boyfriend — a "charming devil" with a "silver tongue." He's been skirting a marriage commitment for far too long, and now Fairchild needs to lay down the law. From here forward, he won't be riding this "gravy train" until he buys her a shiny ring and takes her down to the little white church.

She sings, "You've been singing that same old song / Far too long, far too long / Say you'll buy me a shiny ring / But your words don't mean a thing."

Co-written by Little Big Town band members Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, along with Nashville-based songwriter Wayne Kirkpatric, "Little White Church" was inspired by a phrase jotted down in Fairchild's notebook.

Sweet told songfacts.com that a writing session turned into an avalanche of creativity when they started working on "Little White Church."

"And it came together pretty fast," Sweet said. "Karen had the idea written in her book... because you drive around [Franklin] Tennessee and you see all these beautiful, quaint, picturesque, little white churches all over the place."

Fairchild wanted the song to incorporate a bluegrass-inspired musical form called "call and response," which can be heard in the rousing "take me down, take me down" chorus.

"Little White Church" is the lead single from Little Big Town's album The Reason Why. The song climbed to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and had crossover success on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, topping out at #59.

In the official music video, Fairchild portrays a bride on her wedding day. As she's walking on a country road toward the town's little white church, she's joined by her band members. Meanwhile, Fairchild's deranged mom gags her fiancé, ties him up and hides him in the trunk of a car.

Check out the video to see how it all turns out. The lyrics are below if you'd like to sing along...

"Little White Church"
Written by Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Wayne Kirkpatrick. Performed by Little Big Town.

You've been singing that same old song
Far too long, far too long
Say you'll buy me a shiny ring
But your words don't mean a thing
No more calling me baby
No more loving like crazy

Till you take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down (take me down) take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down

You can't ride this gravy train
Anymore, anyway
There's a price for keeping me
I might be cheap, but I ain't free
No more calling me baby
No more loving like crazy

Till you take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down (take me down) take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down

Come on

Charming devil, silver tongue
Had your fun, now you're done
Mama warned me 'bout your games
She don't like you anyway

No more calling me baby
No more loving like crazy
No more chicken and gravy
Ain't gonna have your baby

Till you take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down to the little white church (take me down)
Take me down (take me down to the little white church)
Take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (you better take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down (take me down)
You better take me down (take me down)
Take me down to the little white church
Take me down to the little white church, take me down to the little white church


Credit: Screen capture via YouTube.com.