I did not grow up listening to country music, and was not much interested until I was about 40 and bought a pedal-steel guitar, in 1995. So maybe you guys knew this all along... All those old songs about broken relationships and divorce and she-left-me - the lyrics are about love affairs and romance. The girl leaves the guy (for someone else) and he is heartbroken. But the same lyrics can be read another way - she hasn't left for another guy. She is just going to be gone. One song after another just keeps reminding me. My respect for some of these songwriters has increased greatly.