Donnie and Marie famously sang: "I'm a little bit country / and I'm a little bit rock and roll" back in the day and to celebrate Country Music Month, we have a few songs that are a LOT country. Specifically, these are songs about what it really means to be "country". Of course it means different things for different people but we're here to break down some lyrics to help you choose your own definition!
Brantley Gilbert's lyrics in Country Must Be Country Wide say: "I grew up south of the Mason Dixon / Workin spitting huntin and fishin / Stone cold country by the grace of God"
So it sounds like his definition of country is decidedly "outdoorsy". We have fond memories of fishing as kids so we can dig it!
As Jason Aldean lovingly recalls in the lyrics for Dirt Road Anthem: "I sit back and think about them good old days / The way we were raised in our southern ways / And we like cornbread and biscuits / And if it's broke 'round here, we fix it"
Mmmmm…Cornbread and biscuits! This is one definition we can get behind!
In Kenny Chesney's song Back Where I Come From, it sounds like his definition of country is staying close to your roots: "Well in the town where I was raised, the clock ticked and the cattle grazed / Time passed with amazing grace, Back where I come from"
We agree about how important it is to remember where you came from, and it's a common theme in a lot of country music!
A staple of any list like this is of course Gretchen Wilson's Redneck Woman (sing it with us!): "Hey I'm a redneck woman / I ain't no high class broad / I'm just a product of my raising / I say, 'hey y'all' and 'yee-haw' / And I keep my Christmas lights on / On my front porch all year long / And I know all the words to every Tanya Tucker song / So here's to all my sisters out there keeping it country / Let me get a big 'hell yeah' from the redneck girls like me, hell yeah!"
You gotta love how she takes a not-so-complimentary term like redneck and transforms it into a badge of honor for girls who shop at discount stores, ride ATV's, and say "y'all" - and are proud of it!
So, what does country mean to you? Can you direct us to any more lyrics to define the term? Check out a few others on 103.7's list of the Top 10 Country Songs About Being Country and tell us what you think in the comments! Yeeeeeehaw!