Country Music Lyrics

Ben Mcintyre looks at country music lyrics. Some very good ones of course, but I\’m not sure if he recognises where some of them come from:

on domestic harmony: “Get your biscuits in the oven, and your buns in the bed”;

That\’s Kinky Freidman, of the Texas Jewboys fame (he ran for Governor just recently) and author of the immortal, "They Ain\’t Making Jews Like Jesus No More".

You done stomped on my heart and mashed that sucker flat.
You just sorta, stomped on my aorta.

I think that\’s Lewis Grissom, sports writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution for many years (and columnist). Certainly, he used a version of that as the title of a book of his: after his heart transplant actually.

But he\’s right in the major point: country lyrics are indeed "No pop musical genre is so adept at self-parody, or so skilled at wordplay and irony."


7 thoughts on “Country Music Lyrics”

  1. I’d like to believe that the following is self-parody, but having heard the song and seen the vid, I’m afraid that it ain’t..

    You do you thing, by Montgomery Gentry

    Put me on a mountain, way back in the back woods
    Put me on a lake with pickin on the line
    Put me ‘round a campfire cookin’ something I just cleaned
    You do your thing, I’ll do mine

    I ain’t tradin’ in my family’s safety
    Just to save a little gas
    And I’ll pray to God any place, any time
    And you can bet I’ll pick up the phone if Uncle Sam calls me up
    You do your thing, I’ll do mine

    Hey, I’ll worry about me
    You just worry about you
    And I’ll believe what I believe
    And you believe what you believe too

    I ain’t gonna spare the rod
    Cuz that ain’t what my daddy did
    And I sure know the difference between wrong and right
    You know, to me it’s all just common sense
    A broken rule, a consequence
    You do your thing, I’ll do mine

    Hey, I’ll worry about me
    You just worry about you
    And I’ll believe what I believe
    And you believe what you believe too

    I’m gonna keep on working hard
    Make my money the old-fashioned way
    I don’t wanna piece of someone else’s pie
    If I don’t get my fill on life I ain’t gonna blame no one but me
    You do your thing, I’ll do mine

    You ain’t gonna be my judge
    Cuz my judge will judge us all one day
    You do your thing, I’ll do mine

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  3. One little known fact is that many of the lyricists of good country music are female.

    For example, Matraca (pronounced mah-TRAY-sah) Berg is a talented singer/songwriter. Songs that she has written have been covered by just about everyone. Do a search on her name and you’ll see at least one song familiar to you.

  4. Have to mention the perfect country song by David Allen Coe, ‘You Never Even Called Me By My Name” . It is of the ideal form containing emotion, required subjects, a recitation, and the perfect verse:

    I was drunk the day my ma got out of prision
    and i went to pick her up in the rain
    but before i could get to the station
    in my pickup truck
    she got run over by a damn old train
    and i’ll hang around as long as you will let me
    you never even called me by my name

    Full glory:

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