La Grange (7:41)

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This song is about the infamous “Chicken Ranch” bordello located in La Grange, TX. It was also idealized in the musical “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” starring Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Jim Nabors and Dom DeLuise. The Chicken Ranch actually existed and if you’re ever down this way, La Grange is located SSW of Austin about midway to Houston. In March 2005, Q magazine placed “La Grange” at number 92 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. This song is about a whorehouse. Many people in Texas knew about it, but when the song was released it drew so much attention to the illegal activities going on there that they had to cease operations.
“The Chicken Ranch,” or Miss Edna’s Boarding house in La Grange was probably the oldest establishment in Texas catering the the oldest profession. It was closed down by a zealous TV reporter from Houston, who couldn’t find enough vice and corruption to report on in Houston. He challenged the governor on the issue of why it continued to operate in fairly plain sight. The governor had no choice but to order the sheriff to close it. Miss Edna’s girls had weekly visits from the local doctors, so they were “clean.” The girls spent their money in La Grange and when a new hospital was needed, Miss Edna gave the first and largest donation. The reporter is still on the air crusading against such hideous crimes such as slime in the ice machines of restaurants.

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Rumor spreadin' around, in that Texas town
'Bout that shack outside La Grange
And you know what I'm talkin' about
Just let me know if you wanna go

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