Flash forward about three years later and Jon Pardi releases “Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That.”
Written by Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary, the cut from Pardi’s Heartache Medication album has a lot of similarities to the 1986 hit. Fun fact: It was actually written and performed by Dean Dillion earlier in the ’80s, before George Strait.
Ironic, though, that “Nobody Leaves a Girl Like That” fell into Jon Pardi’s graces after his Strait cover? * wink, wink * Irony aside, he was the perfect fit for a twinning song of “Nobody in His Right Mind Would Have Left Her.”
Looking at the song titles, right off the bat, you can see the similarities. Granted, Pardi’s song has a little bit more of an upbeat tempo. Both tell the story of a man’s regret of leaving a knockout of a woman, in all aspects. The resemblance in lyrics are even uncanny. If you are somehow not familiar with the George Strait classic or Jon Pardi’s song, can you tell the difference?
Pardi: “I was stubborn and she was cryin’. Well, she knew she couldn’t stop me but she kept right on tryin’.”
Strait: “She cried when I left her, now I cry to forget her. Oh, how foolish I was to ever want to leave.”
Pardi: “She’s the kind of girl that only comes around once. Well she found somebody new and I’m goin’ crazy because nobody leaves a girl like that.”
Strait: “‘Cause nobody in his right mind would’ve left her. I had to be crazy to say goodbye.”
Not saying this is a bad thing at all. I’ll take the similarities all day, every day. I don’t think anyone is complaining. If we are gifted with more new county songs like we were with the back in the day classics…. I say, hell yeah, bring it on.