For My Sunday Song #80, I chose the song “Hazard” by Richard Marx. The song was off Marx’s third album ‘Rush Street’ and went on to become his third #1 song on the Adult Contemporary charts.
I love a song that tells an interesting story and this is one of those songs. We all know Marx is an incredible songwriter and if you don’t you must live under a rock. The song “Hazard” tells a great story. It tells the story of a young man, who is an outcast in the town of Hazard, Nebraska. No one seems to like him and they all feel he is a little strange. He meets a girl, Mary, and falls in love, BUT…Mary ends up dead and he is the prime suspect. What also is great about the story is you don’t find out if he did it or not. It leaves you as the listener deciding on your interpretation and whether you feel he did it or not. What do I think? I might tell you later.
The song is at a ballad like pacing, but definitely not a love song. The music and pacing give the song an eerie, dark tone to it which adds to the drama of the song and makes you feel the sadness the main character is feeling at the loss of his love and trying to convince everyone he is innocent. I think it is beautiful.