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August 15, 2008



I remembered! My jealousy still burns...


Perhaps if Porter had legs as hot as yours, his spouse wouldn't have looked for love elsewhere. Va-va-voom!


What? Spade Cooley didn't cover that gem?

I dunno why Red Sovine never covered this. Seems like it would've been right up his tear stained alley.

For what it's worth, Scandinavian retro garage rockers the Nomads released an amusing CHFOL piss-take, using the same title and jacket, but with a twist on the back side, where the wife's walking in on her husband and another guy.


wow, thanks for posting all those versions! you can see why Porter had the hit. he had the most soulful delivery of the bunch. another great song by Bill Anderson on that same record is "The First Mrs. Jones", one of the spookiest murder ballads i can think of.

Debbie D



So goddamn good. Thanks again for these, I always look forward to your country flotsam posts.


As a Porter obsessed person for many years, I've performed "The First Mrs. Jones" as a storytelling recitation. It is extremely disturbing.

In CHFOL I love the way Porter delivers the line, "Lord you should have seen their frantic faces." It sounds like the murderer is smirking as he recalls the amusing incident.

How about a collection of the other frequently covered Porter Wagoner song, "The Rubber Room"?

Hell's Donut House

Who could forget? I have that album cover framed on my office wall.

Andrew Smith

Thank you for a most interesting site, and for tracking down Porter's old apartment - fascinating. The Cold Hard Facts of Life is a cleverly constructed and well written song: I wrote to Bill Anderson about it. He said that he was very pleased when the final line ("But who taught who the cold hard facts of life") came to him, and was unaware of all the versions of the song recorded. He should be given credit for his songwriting genius for this and other songs (eg "The First Mrs Jones", "Confessions Of A Broken Man") recorded by Porter.

I think the Porter Wagoner version is enhanced by the fiddle playing of Mac Magaha, which tends to give it a manic feel. (Other musicians were Pete Drake, Jerry Reed, George McCormick, Don Warden, Buck Trent, Jr Huskey, Jerry Carrigan, Pig Robbins). It was recorded November 11, 1966. There is a certain tension in Porter's version which is not always present in other versions.

Thanks again for diligent research and for this very interesting site.

Andrew Smith (Australia)

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