Tanya Tucker, 61, Discusses Aging, Awards

At 13, she had her first hit. 48 years later, Tanya Tucker has received four Grammy nominations for her first album in more than a decade, “While I’m Livin’.” – L.A. Times | Image: Benjichilders, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dec 3, 2019 |

Los Angeles Times – A TV news crew showed up on Tanya Tucker’s doorstep in Nashville on the morning Grammy Award nominations were announced, aiming to get her reaction in case her much-lauded comeback album, “While I’m Livin’,” scored any nods for the veteran country singer.

Ever the hardened realist, Tucker, 61, told the crew not to get their hopes up.

“It’s not in my constitution to put much faith in awards,” she said. “I never have.”

When word quickly came down that she’d landed not one but four nominations, including overall song of the year recognition for “Bring My Flowers Now,” which she co-wrote, Tucker was floored.

“I just about…,” she said, catching herself before finishing the thought. “Well, I won’t say what I ‘just about,’ but it was shocking to me.”

At 61, country rebel Tanya Tucker earns surprise Grammy nominations

Along with the best song nomination, “Bring My Flowers Now” also is up for country song and country solo performance, and “While I’m Livin’” is in the running for the country album Grammy.

Tucker’s been down this road before. Since she surfaced nationally in 1972 with her monster hit “Delta Dawn,” which she delivered with preternatural maturity at age 13, Tucker has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, including this year’s bundle. She has yet to take one home.

“There’s not a better loser anywhere than me,” said Tucker, who has three adult children and a boyfriend with whom she shares her Nashville home. By just being nominated, “I’ve already won.”

The Recording Industry Assn. of America-bestowed award nominations are the latest acclaim to greet the first album in 10 years from a woman whose roller-coaster career and tumultuous personal life got her pegged early on as a country music maverick. Her reputation as a hard-living, hard-loving and hard-touring singer made her a role model for successive generations of country outliers … Read more.

“While I’m Livin’” – Tanya Tucker’s ode to healthy aging  

[Chorus]
Bring my flowers now, while I’m living
I won’t need your love when I’m gone
Don’t spend time, tears, or money
On my ol’ breathless body
Well, if your heart is in them flowers, bring ’em on

[Verse 1]
All the miles cast a long shadow
I’d take a couple back if I could
I’d have learned to play guitar
Tell my daddy more I loved him
But I believe, for the most part, I done good

[Verse 2]
There’s always sunrise and rainbows and babies
And the little things I cherish on my way
Even though one day
They’ll bury me and Jesse Ray
I just know we’re gonna ride again someday

[Verse 3]
The days are long, but the years are lightning
They’re bright and they will never strike again
I wish I’d been a better friend
A better daughter to my mother
There’s no going back when your back’s against the wind

[Verse 4]
So if you got love, then you’re sittin’ on a gold mine
And you can’t take it with you when you go
So don’t wait to help your sister
Forgive your brother and your neighbor
We all think we’ve got the time until we don’t

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