Sunday Cinema – “Coward of the County”






Back in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Kenny Rogers was a hot commodity in the country/western music scene. His songs crossed over from country into popular music, many of which were “story” songs. Some of those songs found their way onto the television with their own made-for-tv movies. “The Gambler” was probably a little more well-known that today’s selection.

“Coward of the County” finds a young man who was a pacifist by choice (a death-bed promise he made to his father) being called a coward all his life. He meets a young woman who loves him without him having to “prove” himself. A horrible thing happens to the young woman & leaves the young man with no choice but to seek revenge.

A controversial song, partially from the subject matter (revenge for raping a woman) but also because of the last name of the men who did it – Gatlin. A thinly-veiled jab at the Gatlin Brothers by one of the songwriters, who held a grudge against one of the brothers.


Someone posted it online, an interesting made-for-tv movie for sure…


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