By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Exclusive, Story Behind the SongKacey Musgraves
' debut single, "Merry Go 'Round," reached the Top 10 on the country charts and was also named one of the Top 50 songs of 2012
(in all genres) by Rolling Stone
magazine, which singled it out as a "bleak-but-clever take on small-town inertia and ennui."
Written by the Lone Star state native with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the song invokes the name of Kacey's album, Same Trailer Different Park
, which is also earning rave reviews. Kacey says, however, that "Merry Go Round" isn't so much an indictment of small-town living (or thinking) as it is about regretting choices you've made.