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Music Row Chuckling at "Hillbilly Porn"
Songwriter Bares His Feelings About Nude Statues
In these grim economic times, Nashville's Music Row could use a good laugh -- and songwriter Lee Thomas Miller is providing several of them. "Hillbilly Porn," his deadpan ditty about the controversial circle of nude statues placed last year at the entrance to the Row, is burning across the Internet like a benign virus. Miller is best known -- at least up to this point -- as the co-writer of Joe Nichols' "The Impossible" and Terri Clark's "I Just Wanna Be Mad."

"It's so funny," says his publisher, Lisa Ramsey of Mosaic Music. "My phone has been ringing off the wall. I have no idea what we're going to do with it. It was one of those things: He wrote the song, we thought it was hilarious and we sent out ... a mass e-mail, MP3ed it to everybody. And it's turned into this big, huge thing."

The mailing went out Tuesday (March 30), and the original recipients have been forwarding copies ever since. The following day, Ramsey says, Nashville radio station WSIX broadcast the song with the second verse edited out. (The excised verse has the line, "That slut in the middle looks like my ex-wife.")

Miller's opening verse acknowledges that the park at the end of Music Row is a nice place to put a statue, possibly one of "Harlan Howard or the great Bill Monroe." Then he wonders, "Why they chose naked giants we'd all like to know." In the chorus, obviously written on a cold day, he notices, "The women look chilly, and the men sure look proud."

The mammoth sculpture, which is situated in the center of the Music Row Roundabout, bears the official title "Musica." It was created by Alan LeQuire and unveiled to great applause and some gasps last October.

Ramsey reports that a record label has approached Miller about releasing the song but that no deal has yet been signed.
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