Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

Australian Charts:
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town peaked at no 5 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 13 September 1969.

‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town’, written by Mel Tillis, was about a paralysed veteran who lies helplessly as his wife “paints [herself] up” to go out for the evening without him; he believes she is going in search of a lover.
A line in the song about a “crazy Asian war” and the time of the song’s release led to the assumption the song was about a veteran of the Vietnam War, though this was never stated in the lyrics. Tillis said that the song was about a veteran of World War II.
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American Songwriter:
Contrary to what many believe, the song wasn’t written about the Vietnam war, even though it was recorded during that era and contains the line “It wasn’t me that started that old crazy Asian war.”
“Ruby is a real life narrative about a soldier coming home from World War II in 1947 to Palm Beach County, Florida,” says songwriter Mel Tillis, himself a Florida native.
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