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September 24, 2021
Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today we feature The Band Perry performing “Postcard From Paris,” a song that uses jewelry metaphors to compare a new boyfriend to the one that got away.
Frontwoman Kimberly Perry opens the song by describing a scene where she’s enjoying a summer evening out with her “sweet” new beau. But then she catches a glimpse of her old flame and a flood of emotions overwhelms her.
She sings, “Like a postcard from Paris / When I’ve seen the real thing / It’s like finding out your diamond / Is from her old promise ring.”
She concedes that she should have never let him leave. She’s lost her chance to be with her true love and she knows that no other boyfriends will ever ignite the fever in her heart.
“Postcard From Paris” was composed by Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers, Neil and Reid, during a 90-minute writing session with former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.
“The funny thing about writing relationships is you don’t really know how it’s going to turn out,” Kimberly Perry told Nu Country TV. “You could write a song or you could end up going to get a coffee together. Luckily, it worked and we wrote ‘Postcard From Paris.'”
Today’s featured song ascended to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and got as high as #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the fifth single from the band’s blockbuster self-titled debut album, which has sold more than 1.6 million copies.
Founded in 2005, The Band Perry notched a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young,” the platinum “You Lie,” and the gold-certified country #1 “All Your Life.”
Trivia: In July 2016, Kimberly Perry scored a phenomenal 196 points in the Fast Money round of Celebrity Family Feud. All host Steve Harvey could say at the time was, “Wow, wow, wow.”
We hope you enjoy the video of The Band Perry’s live performance of “Postcard From Paris.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along. We’ve also included a bonus clip from Celebrity Family Feud.
“Postcard From Paris”Written by Kara Dioguardi, Jeffrey Cohen, Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry. Performed by The Band Perry.
I remember when my heart caught the feverYou were standing all alone in the summer heatI was with my boyfriend, my new boyfriendHe was as sweet as he could be
One look at you and I was throughMy heart switched up on me
Like a postcard from ParisWhen I’ve seen the real thingIt’s like finding out your diamond isFrom her old promise ring
A call back from your fortune tellerShe read your cards upside downThe meanest thing you ever did isCome around
And now I’m ruined, yeahI’m ruined
In the evening you can catch me daydreamingDid that moment send you reeling just like meI should have gone over, right overI should have never let you leave
But it’s the never knowing that keepsThis going and drives me crazy
Just when I thought things were alrightMy eyes played tricks on my mindWill I ever be satisfied‘Cause all I ever seem to find, is a
Postcard from ParisWhen I need the real thingIt’s like finding out your diamond isFrom her old promise ring
A call back from your fortune tellerShe read your cards upside downThe meanest thing you ever didThe cruelest thing you ever didThe meanest thing you ever didIs come around
I am ruined, yeahI’m ruinedNow I am ruined, yeahI’m ruined
The Band Perry on The Late Show With Letterman
The Band Perry on Celebrity Family Feud
Credit: Screen capture via YouTube.com.