George Jones: The Grand Tour Meaning
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Song Released: 1974
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The Grand Tour Lyrics
Come on in
If you'd like to take the grand tour
Of a lonely house
That once was home sweet home
I have nothing here to sell you
Just some things that I will tell you
Some things I know will chill you to the bone
anonymous Oct 22nd, 10:35am report
Gone forever indicates no possible reconciliation from any divorce. She and the baby both died during childbirth... “and now she’s gone forever”...
anonymous Sep 26th, 9:50am report
While this song could be about either a divorce or sudden death.. my take on it is lean more towards sudden death. The song writer is inviting guest in his home to take a tour of "this lonely house that once was home sweet home" the whole song connotes that there was love in the home..she "whispered oh I love you" The song continues to say "Oh Lord we had a good thing going here" You can still feel the love is still present even after " she tore his world apart" She left me with out mercy, taking nothing indicates a sudden and unexpected departure. Go back and listen to the song again guys.
anonymous Aug 8th, 8:40pm report
I always thought the song was about a woman leaving her husband and taking the baby with her in the middle of the night. Starting over with someone new, maybe someone rich so that's why she leaves everything behind.
anonymous Apr 1st, 2019 4:07pm report
I think his wife and child was killed in a car wreck.
anonymous Mar 26th, 2019 3:55am report
I believe it’s about the wife leaving her husband in a heated rush the last line of the last verse says “taking nothing but our baby and my heart” if your wife dies giving birth you would never say the words “she took our baby” it wouldn’t happen add that with him say “she tore my world apart” and “she left me without mercy” in the same verse it makes it seem like she left him
anonymous Feb 24th, 2019 2:30am report
I have to wholeheartedly agree with the meaning told by Tyler Mahan Coe, Country music historian, who stated that the song was all about a pregnant wife dying.
anonymous Feb 20th, 2019 2:09pm report
The more I listen to this outstanding song, the more I feel his wife and child died suddenly. I’ve been a police detective for years and as the previous person said, she left all of her personal belongings. Normally a woman who leaves her husband will take her clothes, and the babies clothes. What an awesome song it is to inspire such thought from so many people.
anonymous Feb 16th, 2019 2:32pm report
Obviously heartbreak over desertion. The theme and tonality of the song doesn't imply grief due to death. "She left me without mercy" is defining. And "chill you to the bone" implies infidelity. She was so heartless and determined to run away with her new lover she left all her belongings except her baby. Period.
anonymous Feb 9th, 2019 2:35am report
Everything, including her clothes and jewelry are left untouched, his wife and baby are "gone forever", nothing to suggest any hope at all that they'll return. There isn't anything which explicitly states or implies there was any trouble in the marriage, only good memories. The only thing that seems to suggest otherwise are the words "without mercy", which could be interpreted as a cold heartless act, BUT, if she had died, there would be no way to show mercy, death doesn't show mercy. The clothes and her things all left in place, and gone forever leads me to believe that she died suddenly and tragically, "bone chilling" tragic. The deaths were also very recent, the words "step right up, come on in", being said twice, both at the beginning and end may be inferring that he is greeting guests who are coming to attend his wife and babies wake.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2018 12:41pm report
I think she died at childbirth.
anonymous Aug 13th, 2018 8:35am report
While the song could be about either the death of a wife and her child or a divorce; there is one line in particular that points to a divorce and that when he says "she left me without mercy". I don't think he would have added this line if it was something without a choice like death.
anonymous Jun 5th, 2018 6:22am report
I have always interpreted this song as a story about a wife and child that died in some tragic way, too many things left behind in the house to be a divorce.
anonymous May 23rd, 2018 5:10am report
Allow me to bridge the gap...
I was married for 10 years...a few months after my divorce was final, I started dating a man who was also divorced...we have shared some ups and downs...then one morning after an intense discussion, he sent me this song...and it dawned on me that he blamed himself for his divorce...and continued to carry that guilt 15 years later...she had an affair and left him with two young children...she broke his heart and robbed their children of their childhood...she didn’t die, divorce is like death.
anonymous Jul 13th, 2017 7:03am report
His wife died in childbirth.
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