Kacey Musgraves Bawled Her Eyes Out Hearing 'Merry Go 'Round'

(Radio.com) Inspired by a tossed-off comment from a friend's mom, Kacey Musgraves' debut single, "Merry Go 'Round," eventually garnered her a GRAMMY for Best Country Song.

As the story goes, co-writer Shane McAnally's mom made used a curious phrase to describe a neighbor: "Well, I don't know if she's selling Mary K or Mary Jane." Musgraves and McAnally knew there was a song there.

"A deeper meaning came to life whenever we started really tossing the idea around," Musgraves told Radio.com. "We're all from small towns so we all can relate that way. It's just a special song about life in general and the patterns that you get into. I feel like it's something everyone can relate to."

Upon the song's early September 2012 release to country radio, Musgraves knew it was garnering airplay but had yet to hear it and was getting anxious. In an interview with Radio.com, she recalled the very first time she heard the song on the radio.

"It was September 17, I remember," Musgraves said. "I was just driving around in my car in Nashville. I was in the car with my sister and I hadn't heard it on the radio yet. I had people telling me all week, 'I heard it, I heard it.' And I was like, 'When am I going to hear it?'"

"I heard the first few licks of the song and I didn't know how it would affect me," she said. "I'm not always super emotional. When I heard the first part of the song, I just started bawling my eyes out. It was a very crazy, surreal, rewarding and full-circle moment. It was cool that my little sister was there. She had her camera so she captured the moment on film. I was just freaking out and cussing and trying not to wreck my car." more on this story

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