Bobby Bare on the Porter Wagoner Show, 1966:
He didn't write the song - it was written by Tompall Glaser and Harlan Howard - but Bobby Bare was the first to record it.
Best known in the Gram Parsons version from his 1971 GP album - as featured in The Wire.
Yet another tale of a decent hard-workin' man whose woman only has eyes for the bright lights: a standard theme not just of Country, but even more perhaps of the Blues. Jimmy Reed was there five years before:
Bright lights, big city, gone to my baby's head...
The Blues connection is even clearer in Bare's first hit, the 1964 Detroit City. Great lyrics...by day I make the cars, by night I make the bars...but heading north out of the cotton fields to work in Detroit's motor industry was more of a black than a white experience, I'd have thought. Though the line about "Homefolks think I'm big in Detroit City" would perhaps have rung a little hollow coming from a black singer.