SLS – “Did I Shave My Legs for This” by Deana Carter

This week Jim Adams has prompted us with I, Me, Them, Us, You, We for this weeks Song Lyric Sunday. I chose to feature some songs from the album “Did I Shave My Legs for This” by country music singer-songwriter Deana Carter.

“Did I Shave My Legs for This” is the debut album from Deana Carter which was released by Patriot Records in the UK in 1995, but the label went under shortly after the release. Capitol Records had Carter record new material for the North American release of the album in 1996. The album was certified 5x Multi-Platinum in the US with sales of over 5 million copies and debuted at #2 on the US Top Country Albums chart.

Carter’s big break came when one of her demo tapes landed in the hands of Willie Nelson. He invited her to perform in the 1994 Farm Aid VII concert as the shows only female soloist. The same demo tape led to her contract with Capitol Records the next year.

“Strawberry Wine” was the debut single from her newly released album and went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. The song also won her a Country Music Association Award (CMA) in 1997 for Single of the Year. Carter was nominated for a Grammy that same year for Best Country Female Vocal Performance for “Strawberry Wine”.

“We Danced Anyway” and “How Do I Get There” reached #1 on the Country Charts . “Did I Shave My Legs For This” only made it to #25 and the same chart.

Strawberry Wine

He was working through college on my grandpa's farm
I was thirsting for knowledge and he had a car
I was caught somewhere between a woman and a child
When one restless summer we found love growing wild
On the banks of the river on a well beaten path
It's funny how those memories they last
Like strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine
I still remember when thirty was old
And my biggest fear was September when he had to go
A few cards and letters and one long distance call
We drifted away like the leaves in the fall
But year after year I come back to this place
Just to remember the taste
Of strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine
The fields have grown over now
Years since they've seen the plow
There's nothing time hasn't touched
Is it really him or the loss of my innocence
I've been missing so much
Like strawberry wine and seventeen
The hot July moon saw everything
My first taste of love oh bittersweet
Green on the vine
Like strawberry wine
Strawberry wine
Strawberry wine
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Gary Harrison / Matraca Berg
Strawberry Wine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

We Danced Anyway

The summer air was heavy and sweet
You and I on a crowded street
There was music everywhere, I can see us there
In a happy little foreign town
Where the stars hung upside down
A half a world away, far far away
I remember you were laughing
We were so in love, we were so in love
And the band played songs we'd never heard
But we danced anyway
We never understood the words
We just sang oh la la la la la la la oh
And we danced anyway
They say you can't go back, baby I don't believe that
Come along with me, come on and dance with me
Maybe if I hold you close
Baby we could just let go
Of these things that tie us down, we'll come back around
Do you remember we were laughing
We were so in love, we were so in love
And the band played songs we'd never heard
But we danced anyway
We never understood the words
We just sang oh la la la la la la la la la oh
And we danced anyway
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Matraca Maria Berg / Randy Scruggs
We Danced Anyway lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

How Do I Get There

We've always been the best of friends
No secrets and no demands
But suddenly from somewhere out of the blue
I see a different light around you
One thing I haven't told you, I just want to hold you
And never let you go, but I need to know
How do I get there from here
How do I make you see
How do I tell you what my heart's been tellin' me
Lost in your lovin' arms that's where I want to be
You know I love you
How do I get there
You probably think I've lost my mind
Takin' this chance and crossin' that line
I promise to be truer than true
Dreamin' every night with these arms around you
I can't wait any longer it's only getting stronger
So help me find a way
How do I get there from here
How do I make you see
How do I tell you what my heart's been tellin' me
Lost in your lovin' arms that's where I want to be
You know I love you
How do I get there
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line
But I'll climb any mountain that you want me to climb
The perfect combination is your heart and mine
Baby, give me a sign
How do I get there from here
How do I make you see
How do I tell you what my heart's been tellin' me
Lost in your lovin' arms that's where I want to be
You know I love you
How do I get there
How do I get there from here
How do I make you see
How do I tell you what my heart's been tellin' me
Lost in your lovin' arms that's where I want to be
You know I love you
How do I get there
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Chris Farren / Deana Kay Carter
How Do I Get There lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC, EMI Music Publishing

Did I Shave My Legs for This?

Flowers and wine is what I thought I would find
When I came home from working tonight
Well now here I stand, over this frying pan
And you want a cold one again
I bought these new heels, did my nails
Had my hair done just right
I thought this new dress was a sure bet
For romance tonight
Well it's perfectly clear, between the TV and beer
I won't get so much as a kiss
As I head for the door I turn around to be sure
Did I shave my legs for this?
Now when we first met you promised you'd get
A house on a hill with a pool
Well this trailer stays wet and were swimmin' in debt
And you want me to go back to school
I bought these new heels, did my nails
Had my hair done just right
I thought this new dress was a sure bet
For romance tonight
Well it's perfectly clear, between the TV and beer
I won't get so much as a kiss
As I head for the door I turn around to be sure
Did I shave my legs for this?
Darlin' did I shave my legs for this?
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Deana Kay Carter / Rhonda Hart
Did I Shave My Legs For This? lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Music Sales Corporation

14 Comments on “SLS – “Did I Shave My Legs for This” by Deana Carter

  1. Her father Fred Carter, Jr. a Nashville studio guitarist played with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. Not a bad environment to grow up in. Nice music Lisa.

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