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Remember When Reba McEntire Recorded The Everly Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown'?

Is it possible to do country music legends like The Everly Brothers justice with a cover? Especially one of their greatest hits? Phil Everly and Don Everly are irreplaceable country music artists, so you might assume the answer is no. And you'd probably be right. That is, unless the person covering them is Reba McEntire.

"Cathy's Clown" is an all-time great country song twice over thanks to both The Everly Brothers and Reba. The latter covered the famous song on her sixteenth studio album Sweet Sixteen in 1989, released by MCA Records. And, of course, because this is Reba we're talking about, the song became a number-one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was not exactly the Oklahoma native's first time at No. 1 -- it was her thirteenth.

The video, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as the titular "Cathy's Clown," was also a hit. Taking place in an old west town, the video follows Reba and the dusty, lonely cowboy she's singing about. Unlike in the original Everly Brothers version, McEntire's version has Reba as a third-person narrator, singing about someone else with a broken heart.

"Cathy's Clown" Lyrics:

I want your loving more and more

I want your kisses that's for sure

I die each time

I hear the sound

They're saying here he comes

He's Cathy's clown

You know you've got to stand tall

You know a man can't crawl

And when you let her tell you lies

And you let em pass you by

You're not a man at all

She don't want your loving anymore

She don't want your kisses that's for sure

Why do you let them put you down

And let em call you Cathy's clown

When you see me shed a tear

Then you know that I'm sincere

I just think it's kinda sad

That she's treating you so bad

And I'm the one who cares

I want your loving more and more

I want your kisses that's for sure

I die each time

I hear the sound

They're saying here he comes

He's Cathy's clown

You're Cathy's clown

You're Cathy's clown

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Remember When Reba McEntire Recorded The Everly Brothers' 'Cathy's Clown'?