Written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell, “Murder On Music Row” is a critique of the continuing craze of country-pop ‘crossover’ acts, suggesting that the coarse nature and authenticity of the genre have been abandoned, resulting in its symbolic murder:
They never found the fingerprints
Or the weapon that was used
But someone killed country music
Cut out its heart and soul
They got away with murder
Down on music row
(“Murder On Music Row”, Cordle and Shell, 1999).