Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” Inspires New Musical With Broadway Hopes
The world of Broadway is filled with examples of pop and country inspiration. Elton John has penned the music for several successful musicals and now country star Reba McEntire has joined the trend. In the 1990s, McEntire scored a smash hit with the song “Fancy.” The song is set to become a musical, which debuted off-Broadway in March.
The song “Fancy” was originally written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry back in 1969. The title character is a teen girl whose mother encourages her to turn tricks to support the family.
According to the lyrics:
Mama dabbed a little bit of perfume on my neck
And she kissed my cheek
Then I saw the tears wellin’ up in her troubled eyes
When she started to speak
She looked at a pitiful shack
And then she looked at me and took a ragged breath
She said your Pa’s run off and I’m real sick
And the baby’s gonna starve to death
She handed me a heart shaped locket that said
“To thine own self be true”
And I shivered as I watched a roach crawl across
The toe of my high heel shoe
It sounded like somebody else that was talkin’
Askin’ Mama what do I do
She said just be nice to the gentlemen Fancy
And they’ll be nice to you
However, it’s Reba McEntire’s Fancy cover that most remember. Reba also played the titular character in the Fancy music video and added more layers to the song, though it depicts Fancy as a famous performer, not a prostitute. The song has been covered by musicians such as Megan Mullally and Kellie Pickler, and is still a big country hit.