“Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves
— Friday, June 7th, 2013 —
This week on “The Cross and the Jukebox” we’ll be looking at a song I’ve received numerous requests for over the last few weeks: Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round.”
The story told in this song is one of working class despair, and one of boredom—one that leads people to all kinds of methods of escape. Whether it’s “Mama hooked on Mary Kay,” or “Daddy hooked on Mary two doors down,” the cycle of life for these people is itself like a merry go ‘round—it’s just the same thing over and over again.
And yet, what is at the root of all this boredom?
Listen with me to this song, as we discuss where this boring nihilism comes from, and how the gospel can undo it.