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A song of divorce helped make Nashville into Music City U.S.A.

Nashville is famous for many things, but none more important than as the home and soul of country music. Between the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House, Bluebird Café and other spots around town, we have earned our reputation as one of America's great music cities.

Naturally, one of life's most difficult events -- divorce -- has been featured prominently in decades of great country music. The Tennessean recently ran a feature article on renowned Nashville songwriter Dallas Smith, who penned the classic “There Goes My Everything." He said the song's genesis is in the intersection of law and emotion that is divorce.

"It was born out of a divorce, and fortunately not mine, but a good friend of mine, Ferlin Husky," Frazier told the newspaper. "It was the first song I wrote when I came to Nashville, Tennessee."

The tune was a big hit for Jack Greene way back in 1966, but was also covered memorably by Engelbert Humperdinck and Elvis Presley.

Frazier looked back on the song that helped define his career. "Anyway, the situation he (Husky) was in at the time – he was just going through it, or had just finished it – was the inspiration for (the song)."

You might recall some of the lyrics: "There goes my reason for living," Greene and the others sang. "There goes the one of my dreams / There goes my only possession / There goes my everything."

Frazier gave no indication that the lyrics referred to a particularly tough dispute over property division, but who knows? There have certainly been songs and poems and books written about the ends of relationships and the struggles to then hang on to the things a person deserves to have.

We hope you have enjoyed this brief look back at a bit of music history.

If you have questions about a property division dispute or any other aspect of divorce, you can contact the law office of m Stanley A. Kweller, Attorney at Law, for more information.

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