Quote: George Kaplan @ 20th January 2020, 11:05 PM
Thanks for trying. The original song isn't C&W. Maybe it'll come to you in the middle of the night.
I have high hopes that Radish will crack it for me.
I too started with Dylan in my head - especially "Knocking On Heaven's Door" which seems to crop up often in other tunes and a bit of "Lay Lady Lay" maybe. Elsewhere, my starting point for these things is Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" which seems to be in quite a lot of random stuff and I have always sworn that Radiohead's "Creep" was much too close to Albert Hammond's "The Air That I Breathe" which was a big hit for the Hollies. However, neither of these apply here.
I do know what you mean about this Texas one. There is something in it which is distinctly familiar although I have to say that as verses go I find it rather slight and even generic. So, yes, I can also understand the sort of comment above in which it is said it just sounds like country. It does in many ways but, as I say, there is more to it and it may well be that country music doesn't provide the answer. Combined with the clue you have dropped, I am going to tentatively suggest "The First Cut Is The Deepest" but I'm not entirely sure, if this is what you have settled on, that is all there is to this conundrum. There could be a second thing as her voice rises on lines or, of course, it might not be "The First Cut Is The Deepest" at all.
Weirdly, I'm now hearing Hammond's "It Never Rains in Southern California" in my head. It is quite like that! Maybe that is how the mind works. In steps. But even then I think there is something else there. The main rule of thumb is "think 1970s". (Having said as much there is a tiny hint too in it of "Gentle On My Mind" (Glen Campbell/John Hartford) which was 1967).