"Step right up, come on in" opens this tearjerker that was made famous by the king of them all, George Jones, a man with a hurt in his voice so genuine that it is palpable. Hearing him sing is wanting to be the first to buy him a drink. He has lived it. Hitting number one on the country charts in 1974, when divorce rates were skyrocketing and Jones' own personal life was in shambles, "Grand Tour" is a vivid picture of a broken home. The "tour" is given by the man left behind, a situation that seems to have occurred recently, as things have been left "like she left them when she tore my world apart." The self-flagellating protagonist seems to welcome the pain while he displays specific domestic images and reveals heartbreaking details of a lost family bliss. Jones had teamed up with legendary producer Billy Sherrill, who was famous for creating the lush and meticulously crafted "countrypolitan" sound of Nashville in the '70s. Sherrill had assembled writers for many of the artists he produced. On "Grand Tour," the team consists of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Norro Wilson, Carmol Taylor, and George Richey. Wilson and Richey are also known for co-writing "The Most Beautiful Girl" for Sherrill and Charlie Rich. Richey also wrote "Lady" for Kenny Rogers. Taylor had known Sherrill from their early years in a band together. Along with Richey and Wilson, he helped write "He Loves Me All the Way" and "There's a Song on the Jukebox." Aaron Neville took a stab at "Grand Tour" on his 1993 album named Grand Tour. It is a rendering fairly faithful to the original, but with Neville's fluttery falsetto in lieu of Jones' trademark sonorous tones. Los Angeles alt-country outfit the Geraldine Fibbers produced an emotional reading of the song on their 1997 album, What Part of "Get Thee Gone" Don't You Understand? The ultimate in crying-in-your-beer songs, "Grand Tour" can also be heard by bar bands in honky tonks across the land.