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The agony of unrequited love is a recurring theme, per­haps most eloquently put in Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart."
Religious songs are a standard item in a country singer's program. In "If Jesus Came To Your House" sinners are called to repent and "hide some magazines." "Dust on the Bible" warns that "dust on the Bible will doom your poor soul."
The worries of conducting an illegal love affair are de­scribed in a new song, "Conscience I'm Guilty," presumably sung by a husband who has just two-timed his wife.
But all is not trouble and woe. Romance often runs smoothly, as in "You Are The One," and love of parents— a favorite subject, especially with parents—shines from "That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine." A fresh and genuine strain in country music is found in the country songs made famous by Little Jimmy Dickens. Telling about his boy­hood in a poor family, Jimmy in "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed" recalls his dismay when kinfolk stayed over­night.