Amber Joy Poulton’s Ruby’s Reply is a very special song that was ten years in the making. It was inspired by her favourite American male artist, Kenny Rogers’s hit Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town. The song gives Ruby a chance to come out from the shadows of such an accusation to tell her side of the story.
“You’ve painted up your lips and rolled and curled your tinted hair. Ruby, are you contemplating going out somewhere?” goes the Kenny Rogers’s song. “I remember feeling quite protective of poor Ruby and searched for reasons as to why she would ‘step out’ on her husband, especially after he had returned from fighting in a war. I certainly had no idea, sitting in the back of the family's Ford Falcon station wagon, that I would one day redeem poor Ruby,” says Amber Joy. “To me, Ruby had to be the strongest of women, even when she was kicked down by the man she loved, and then by the people around her, she still stood her ground.”
With the help of co-writers Doug Bruce and Sam Hawksley, Amber Joy implores people to sit and listen to the other side of a sad story, filled with assumption and trial by gossip. “Ruby probably didn’t take her love to town, but she had good reason to. It’s fiction of course, but to me Ruby is real amd is in many of us,” says Amber Joy.