With two nominations today from Grammy voters, Gretchen Wilson’s “I’d Love To Be Your Last” is one of the most buzzed-about nominees of the year, mainly because unless you’ve heard the song on the I Got Your Country Right Here album or were submitted the single for Grammy voting purposes, you’ve likely never heard the song. Written by Sam and Annie Tate with Rivers Rutherford, “I’d Love To Be Your Last” is a soft, emotive ballad that typically used to round out Nashville albums on a soft, mostly acoustic note.
Fans of Gretchen’s ballads like “When I Think About Cheatin’” will certainly like this song and it’s hard to argue with her ability to read a ballad, which is perhaps as good or better than Martina and Carrie’s abilities to do the same. Each lyric is oozing with emotion and the tender cello and violas behind the acoustic guitar helps ground the song for what it is, a vocal master class.
The mature lyrics discuss a relationship where a woman tells the man in her life that she doesn’t “care if I’m your first love, but I’d love to be your last.” Deeply romantic, this is the kind of song that anyone, particularly couples who’ve already been through romances, may take this song and uses it as ‘their song’ or a first dance song for a second wedding. With the soft, tender performance (which I’m sure some younger folks may call “boring”) that Gretchen Wilson puts into singing this ballad, it’s no wonder it touched the hearts of her peers in the recording music industry, particularly fans of great songs for this song, radio hit or not, is a great song and it’s truly worthy of being nominated for the both the Best Country Song Grammy and the Best Country Female Vocal Grammy and I’d actually wouldn’t mind if the song actually won either award.
Note: Clay Walker fans may recognize this tune as a track from his Fall album. In my opinion, the Gretchen Wilson version is far superior and strips the syrup for the rawness and emotion felt in the lyric.