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6 September 1939, Akron, Ohio, USA. From the age of nine,
Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers
and prisons. According to his publicity handout, he spent
time on Death Row after killing a fellow inmate who
demanded oral sex. When Rolling Stone magazine questioned
this, Coe responded with a song, 'I'd Like To Kick The Shit
Out Of You'. Whatever the truth of the matter, Coe was
paroled in 1967 and took his songs about prison life to
Shelby Singleton who released two albums on his SSS label.
Coe wrote Tanya Tucker's More...


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Another Masterpiece! | Reviewer: Georgia
    ------ About the song If That Aint Country performed by David Allan Coe

OH!...just listen to what is considered "Country Music" these days. It's mostly music produced for young girls to sing and dance at large concert venues. Pop Trash. Thank you DAC for singing country the way God intended. BTW, if you have a problem with the word "nigger" you better start condemning most of your ancestors and everyone born before the PC era of the 70s,80s,90s...It's ignorant to judge the past by present standards.

THE SACRIFICE | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song Child of God performed by David Allan Coe

JESUS OF NAZARETH & THE SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM

Undergirding the theory that it was the cheating money-changers whom Jesus targeted as the culprits in the system of animal sacrifice, is the claim that the whole process had become too commercial.
This is akin to claiming that the institution of slavery had to be dismantled because it had become too commercial. Although both Temple sacrifices and human slavery had a firm economic foundation, it was the inherent immorality of those systems that brought together the historical forces which finally led to their collapse.
Several hundred years after prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and Hosea had denounced the sacrificial slaughter of animals, Jesus carried out what is euphemistically called the Cleansing of the Temple. It was just before Passover and he disrupted the buying and selling of animals that were being purchased for slaughter. And because Christian scholars and religious leaders continue to ignore biblical denunciations of that bloody worship, they also try to obscure the reason for Jesus assault on the system.
They have done this by focusing on the money-changers, although they were only minor players in the drama that took place. It was the cult of sacrifice that Jesus tried to dismantle, not the system of monetary exchange. In all three gospel accounts of the event, those who provided the animals for sacrifice are mentioned first: they were the primary focus of Jesus outrage.
The Gospel of John gives the most detailed account of the event.
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the Temple, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said: Get out of here. (John 2:13-16)
Matthews gospel does not detail the kind of animals that were being sold for slaughter, but it gives the same order of events.
Jesus entered the Temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. It is written, he said to them, My house will be called a house of prayer but you are making it a den of robbers. (Matthew 21:12-13)
The same account is given in the gospel of Mark who, like Matthew, also reports that Jesus accused those at the Temple of making Gods house into a den of robbers. And there is universal acknowledgement that in both gospels, when Jesus said this, he was quoting from the prophet Jeremiah (7:11). That prophet had hurled the same accusation at the people of his own time, almost six hundred years earlier. He said it while standing at the Temple entrance, after he had already warned the people do not shed innocent blood in this place. And when Jeremiah said Gods house had been turned into a den of robbers it could not have had anything to do with money-changersthey did not exist in his time.
In the time of Jeremiah, as in the time of Jesus, there was a great distinction made between robbers and thieves. In contemporary times that distinction can best be understood by comparing the crime of petty theft with crimes of armed robbery by those who violently attack/kill their victims. But in ancient Israel there was an even greater distinction. A thief could be anyone who succumbed to a momentary impulse to steal something, but a robber was someone for whom violent crime and killing was a lifestyle.
Both Jesus and Jeremiah were indignant about the violence of sacrificial worship, not the possibility of petty theft by money-changers. When they said Gods house had become a den of robbers the Hebrew word that was used (here, transliterated) was per-eets defined as violent, i.e., a tyrantdestroyer, ravenous, robber. It was the violence of the system, the killing of innocent victims in the name of God, that they were condemning. The money changers operating in the time of Jesus were driven out of the Temple because they were taking part in the process of sacrificial religion, not because they may have
been cheating the pilgrims.
The gospel of Mark correlates Christs attempt to dismantle the sacrificial system with the plot to kill him. Like Matthews gospel, Marks account of the Temple Cleansing starts by saying that Jesus began driving out those who were buying and selling there. It goes on to relate how he explained to the people why he was doing this, by quoting Jeremiahs opposition to animal sacrifice:
My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. But you have made it a den of robbers.
And in the verse of scripture immediately following that statement, Mark reports that The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard about this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him because the whole crowd was amazed at his teachings.(Mark 11:18)
It is ridiculous to claim that the religious leaders of Jesus time would have plotted his death because he undermined the function of the money-changers. Nor would the crowd have been amazed at his teachings if Jesus was simply telling them to make sure they were not short-changed when they purchased Temple coins. What the people were amazed at was his condemnation of animal sacrifice; it had been hundreds of years since that kind of condemnation had been heard in Jerusalem. And it would not be allowed. A few days after he tried to overthrow the cult of animal sacrifice, Jesus was crucified. The religious leaders of his time were determined to preserve the belief that it had been ordained by God, who demanded its continuance.
That determination is echoed in the teachings of contemporary Christian leaders. In spite of Jesus, and in spite of the many biblical denunciations of animal sacrifice (*see endnote) they continue to maintain the ancient fiction that it was God who demanded His creatures be killed and butchered as an act of worship.
It is understandable that in the time of Jesus the religious leaders were committed to upholding the system of Temple sacrifice at all costs: it was the center around which their lives revolved and their livelihood depended. And in biblical times, most people were illiterate and dependent on what their religious leaders taught them concerning the scriptures. But it is not easy to understand why contemporary Christians uphold the validity of the cult of animal sacrifice. In an age of widespread literacy, there is a choice to be made. The bible clearly presents an ongoing conflict between those forces that demanded sacrificial victims in the name of God, and those forces that opposed it as a man-made perversion.
And because there is a choice to be made, it is deeply disturbing to see Christian leaders joining hands across the centuries with their ancient counterparts, in order to validate a system of worship in which the house of God became a giant slaughterhouse, awash in the blood of its victims.
*Partial list of scriptures opposing animal sacrifice.
Psalm 40:6
Isaiah 1:11-17;
Jeremiah 7:3-7,11,21-25
Hosea 8:11-13,
Amos 5:21-25
Micah 6:6-8


Rockinraydog | Reviewer: Ray McCarthy
    ------ About the song If That Ain't Country performed by David Allan Coe

This is a from the heart story of a struggling family from Tennessee. It was written by Fred Spears of The Tennessee Hat Band. Mr. Coe kind of made it his song and never gave MR. Spears much credit, however I have seen Fred Spears name as co-author on a few lyric sheets.

    ------ About the song If That Aint Country performed by David Allan Coe

Anyone who has known real hard times should understand where this song comes from. Different times and different problems, but miss a few meals and live without gas, electricity, and water for periods in your life and this song is easy to get.

I never went to war or even joined the military so I only go by the respect engrained into my heart and mind for those who have. The world wars had moments on the battlefield that would be hard to get past if you had to be there beside the dead and working your way forward to win the high ground. Imagining that would be what such a father would come home from with no psycho babble to explain it. Heavy drinking and violent temper. Easy to see that with the setting described.

Being raised in that environment would leave deep scars in the children. I don't doubt that this was written about such a family and a lot of unresolved pain being released. If not, the writer should write fiction stories. So was it David Allan Coe's origins? I never heard him say either way, but I never heard him live.

As for his use of the word "nigger"... It wasn't used in an insulting way and it was more common back in those days. If you don't like it then you are also probably one of those who want to burn copies of "Huckleberry Finn", but people talked like that in those days and you don't rewrite the history by erasing it. Suggesting a black man works hard is not an insult, even if it used a word we have all but banned. The song has it's place in country music and should keep it's place in music history because it is a good song with value.

The truth isn't always pretty. | Reviewer: Panna
    ------ About the song If That Aint Country performed by David Allan Coe

This song isn't written to not offend, but just the opposite. Real life is offensive all day long. I love this song. I'm from the South - born and bred - and to David Allan - thanks for keeping real life in your songs. The "N" is offensive to many, yet no other word would have given you the image David Allan was trying to give you. It's truth and anything less would have been a lie.

plagiarism | Reviewer: Uncle Fred Wilson
    ------ About the song I Love Robbin' Banks performed by David Allan Coe


This song was written by Jeffrey Frederick. It's on youtube with an earlier
recording date. There are some changes to the lyrics but the main theme can be obviously seen. Not the first time Coe was involved in separating something from its rightful owner.

Foreplay 101 | Reviewer: Slick Willie
    ------ About the song Fuckin in the Butt performed by David Allan Coe

Thank you Mr. Coe for your insightful and educational tune titled Fuckin in the Butt. I for one have never had the opportunity to dive head first into this subject as my 22 year old wife of 10 years came to me uneducated and yet broken in by her white Alabama trailer trash family. When I first asked if she was sexually active she responded with "no I pretty much just lie there till my daddy says he's done." I hope this will add many hours of sweaty butt sex to our marriage.

Thats not even the words | Reviewer: DAC Fan
    ------ About the song If That Aint Country performed by David Allan Coe

I think it's called working like a nigger for my room and board. And its a period in american history. Like any other time. Like now for example. You dont listen to rap because of it.

    ------ About the song Three Time Loser performed by David Allan Coe

David Alan Coe is a great songwriter, and singer. Three time loser is one of my favorite songs. Never heard it on the radio, but his music is very controversial. I am not racist, or homophobic, but some of his songs are. None the less, David Alan Coe is one of my favorite singers, of all time...

Don't like the words? | Reviewer: fan
    ------ About the song If That Aint Country performed by David Allan Coe

Sorry this song has the word "nigger" -- Seems like people forgot the phrase "Working like a nigger" and what it means. If you can't deal, hit the skip button, but this song is genius, with or without the N word.


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