Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” didn’t make to No. 1 on the country music charts, but the 1991 hit has definitely stood the test of time. Carrie Underwood’s most recent No. 1 hit, “Church Bells” is a lot like “Fancy,” maybe even a nuclear family member to Fancy. Maybe Jenny, the central character of the tune is the baby the welfare people came and got?
Or maybe, we should let Carrie explain.
“‘Church Bells‘ is…it’s like ‘Fancy”s little sister. Reba and ‘Fancy’ and she gets out and makes a name for herself by you no finding, she’s got her her dancing dress and all that stuff. This one’s kind of…she starts out, you know, she’s young, she’s pretty, she’s poor. Doing what she can to survive. Meets a man that has a lot of wealth, and it is supposed to take care of her, and get her out of this, and she ends up with him and he ends up not being a good guy and all and it forces her to be strong, and it forces her to do something that she never thought she’d be able to do.”