The Tennessee Waltz is a very popular country song composed by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King in 1946 and released in 1948. A couple of years later, the song became immensely popular all over the world and became a best-seller, and its popularity made it one of Tennessee’s official songs in the year 1965.
The lyrics talk about the “persona” singing on the song introducing their significant other to their best friend, and the two waltz away together and fall in love, leaving the singer heartbroken. The pronouns are oftentimes adjusted to match the gender of the singer.
The song is iconic nowadays as a “popular song of the ’50s and 60’s”, and it is used in many movies to represent those two decades. For example, in the movie The Right Stuff, a historical drama, it plays briefly; and it also plays on The Primary Colours and Wise Blood.