Craig Morgan, “Tough”

This is one of the most beautiful tributes to a wife and mother that I have ever heard. Every line sounds like real life. There are no forced story lines here, no transparent attempts at sentimentality. Every word feels true to me.

The verse about the wife getting cancer but still being the strong one, as the husband breaks down and cries? Heartbreakingly candid. Maybe it’s a result of being raised in an extended family full of strong matriarchs, but I can never quite buy into the female archetypes in recent songs like “She’s Everything” or “Daisy”. The women in my family are tough. Morgan might as well be singing about any one of them.

Grade: A

Listen: Tough

Buy: Tough