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
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:Ritasarani Feb 16th 2019 report
No woman will leave her clothes and all her things when she is leaving. I opt for her dying either in childbirth or in an accident.
anonymous Jan 31st report
I have always thought it was about a wife taking the baby and leaving her husband, probably due to the history of George and Tammy Wynette. But if you take it to the saddest extent, it could mean that the mother/wife killed herself and her child. Maybe because of PPD, maybe from some other form of grief or depression. She "left (him) without mercy" meaning she did it on purpose. The heartbreak and remorse is evident through George's voice.
anonymous Jan 13th report
She died. I’ve been a divorce lawyer for 35 years and no one who is divorcing leaves their “rings” behind. Not that I’ve ever seen or heard of, anyway.
anonymous Jan 3rd report
I have listened to this song and loved it for years, always assuming that the wife ran out on him with the baby -- maybe frustrated by the fact that he would sit in his chair and wait for her to "bring the paper to me." My interpretation was that he took her for granted and it was a perfect relationship from his perspective, but he never stopped to think about what she wanted/needed. But, after someone suggested that it was about her dying in childbirth or other tragic way that also took the baby, I hear it all in a new way. Heartbreaking and powerful.
anonymous May 22nd 2022 report
I think they died cause he says he has nothing to sell..if she left looks like he would sell her stuff..
anonymous Feb 11th 2021 report
George Jones was married to Tammy Wynette from 1969-1975. People will always claim they were the love of each others’ lives. Their marriage was volatile and finally fell apart in 1974 and they divorced in 1975. This song was recorded in 1974 as Jones was mourning the loss of his marriage to Tammy and their young daughter (who Tammy gained custody of).
anonymous Sep 2nd 2020 report
I thought he might have killed his wife, and maybe even the baby too, and the tour may have been for the police or media after his wife went missing. I was very suspicious that she left all her things... but I probably watch too much Dateline. I thought he might be just focusing on the good parts of their marriage or exaggerating how great it was later. And saving the baby for the end was for dramatic effect, but it made the baby seem like an afterthought... so maybe he thought the baby wasn't his? I told a friend this theory but she thought his wife died while pregnant or in childbirth. I now think her theory is more likely than mine.
anonymous Jun 13th 2020 report
She left for some reason. And left in a big hurry. Maybe she didn’t feel the same way he did about their relationship or marriage.
anonymous Feb 25th 2020 report
Those people that insist that the song is about this guy's wife leaving him in a breakup instead of a sudden, cruel and merciless death, along with their child, probably believe that in, "He Stopped Loving Her, Today", he did stop loving her that day and didn't die.
anonymous Jan 28th 2020 report
I think he lost his wife and child probably through childbirth or an accident. From the song you could tell they were so much in love so divorce is out of it.
anonymous Nov 29th 2019 report
The song indicates sudden death of the wife and child, either birth or accident,
Ot sad and painful, i have been listening to this song, for long many times, i thought i was divorce but no it was death and indeed she went forever thats death, and normal death, cause the Lord also knows they had a good thing going there so that cannot be divorce.
anonymous Oct 22nd 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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.
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