Song of the Day #2,607: ‘Cup of Tea’ – Kacey Musgraves

kacey_musgraves_pageant_materialThe knock on Kacey Musgraves’ sophomore album, Pageant Material is that it doesn’t stray very far from the formula that made her debut record so great.

That’s a tough criticism because it punishes the artist for doing what she does best. It’s also the sort of criticism that fades with time. Separated from the expectations of a much-anticipated new release, Pageant Material will one day be remembered as a collection of solid, enjoyable songs.

Take today’s random SOTD, ‘Cup of Tea.’ It’s perfectly delightful, with a clever lyric and delicate musical backdrop. But its theme is so close to Musgraves’ breakout ‘Follow Your Arrow’ that it’s hard to enjoy it on its own merit. Musgraves acknowledges the similarity in a short promotional video for the song (embedded below), saying ‘Cup of Tea’ is a sweeter version of ‘Follow Your Arrow.’

I consider this the better song, even if I first viewed it as a retread. The metaphor is neater and the music more sophisticated (including the addition of strings). And I really like the line “we’ve all got the right to be wrong.”

Maybe your jacket is a hand-me-down
Maybe you slept with half of your hometown
In a world of squares, maybe you’re just round

You can’t be everybody’s cup of tea
Some like the bitter, some the sweet
Nobody’s everybody’s favorite
So you might as well just make it how you please
‘Cause you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea

Maybe you’re working in a hotel bar
Maybe you’re still driving your high school car
Maybe you still don’t know just who you are

You can’t be everybody’s cup of tea
Some like it bitter, some like it sweet
Nobody’s everybody’s favorite
So you might as well just make it how you please

Maybe you married the wrong person first
Maybe your hair’s way too long
Your sister’s in jail or maybe you failed
Out of college, but hey, life goes on
We’ve all got the right to be wrong

‘Cause you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea
Some like it black, some like it green
Nobody’s everybody’s favorite
So you might as well just make it how you please

‘Cause you can’t be everybody’s cup of tea
Why would you want to be?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,607: ‘Cup of Tea’ – Kacey Musgraves

  1. Dana says:

    Indeed, she’s not everybody’s cup of tea.😄

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