Ripped the chorus lyrics from an overheard comment from a well known female songwriter who's name always escapes me. Ugh. Sorry to you, babe for being so brilliant, but out of my memory.
This is a total country song, properly sung by Emmylou Harris or Townes Van Zandt. I think she got it right, that songwriter. Sad songs lift the heart. They tell the truth, which is always preferable to the safely oblique.
I'd kill to have someone cover this tune some day, lap steel, brushes, stand-up bass, even a muted, inappropriate trumpet. Video in an empty room.
This is one from my backporch garageband demos. Make 'em quick. Move on.