If That Aint Country Lyrics - David Allan Coe

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Written By David Allan Coe/ Fred Spears

Recitation:
THE OLD MAN WAS COVERED WITH TATTOOS AND SCARS
HE GOT SOME IN PRISON AND OTHERS IN BARS
THE REST HE GOT WORKING' ON OLD JUNK CARS
IN THE DAYTIME
THEY LOOKED LIKE TOMBSTONES IN OUR YARD
AND I NEVER SEEN HIM WHEN HE WASN'T TIRED AND MEAN
HE SOLD USED PARTS TO MAKE ENDS MEET
COVERED WITH GREASE FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS FEET
CUSSING' THE SWEAT AND THE TEXAS HEAT
AND MOSKEETERS
AND THE NEIGHBORS SAID WE LIVED LIKE HICKS
BUT THEY BRUNG THEIR CARS FOR PA TO FIX ANYHOW
HE WAS VETERAN-PROUD, TRIED AND TRUE
HE'D FOUGHT TILL HIS HEART WAS BLACK AND BLUE
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DIDN'T KNOW HOW HE'D MADE IT THROUGH THE HARD TIMES

HE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE ON THE G.I. BILL
BUT IT WASN'T WORTH ALL HE HAD TO KILL TO GET IT
HE DRANK PEARL IN A CAN AND JACK DANIELS BLACK
CHEWED TOBACCO FROM A MAIL POUCH SACK
HAD AN OLD DOG THAT WAS TRAINED TO ATTACK
SOMETIMES
HE'D GET DRUNK AND MEAN AS A RATTLESNAKE
AND THERE WASN'T TOO MUCH
THAT HE WOULD TAKE FROM A STRANGER

THERE WERE THIRTEEN KIDS AND A BUNCH OF DOGS
A HOUSE FULL OF CHICKENS AND A YARD FULL OF HOGS
I SPENT THE SUMMERTIME CUTTING' UP LOGS FOR THE WINTER
TRYING' LIKE THE DEVIL TO FIND THE LORD
WORKING' LIKE A NIGGER FOR MY ROOM AND BOARD
COAL-BURIN' STOVE, NO NATURAL GAS
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS

IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY,
IT'LL HAIR LIP THE POPE
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'S A DAMN GOOD JOKE
I'VE SEEN THE GRAND OLE OPRY,
AND I'VE MET JOHNNY CASH
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS

RECITATION:
MAMA SELLS EGGS AT A GROCERY STORE
MY OLDEST SISTER IS A FIRST-RATE WHORE
DAD SAYS SHE CAN'T COME HOME ANYMORE
AND HE MEANS IT
MA JUST SITS AND KEEPS HER SILENCE
SISTER, SHE LEFT 'CAUSE DAD GOT VIOLENT
AND HE KNOWS IT
MAMA SHE'S OLD FAR BEYOND HER TIME
FROM CHOPPING TOBACCO AND I'VE SEEN HER CRYING'
WHEN BLOOD STARTED FLOWING' FROM HER CALLOUSED HAND AND

IT HURT ME
SHE'D JUST KEEP WORKING' TRYING' TO HELP THE OLD MAN
TO THE END OF ONE ROW AND BACK AGAIN LIKE ALWAYS
SHE'S BEEN THROUGH HELL SINCE JUNIOR WENT TO JAIL
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT SHE AIN'T NEVER FAILED
TO GET DOWN ON HER KNEES AND PRAY
BECAUSE SHE LOVES HIM
TOLD ALL THE NEIGHBORS HE WAS OFF IN THE WAR
FIGHTING' FOR FREEDOM,
HE'S GOOD TO THE CORE AND SHE'S PROUD
NOW OUR PLACE WAS A GRAVEYARD FOR AUTOMOBILES
AT THE END OF THE PORCH THERE WAS FOUR STACKS OF WHEELS
AND TIRES FOR SALE FOR A DOLLAR OR TWO
CASH

THERE WAS FIFTY HOLES IN THAT OLD TIN ROOF
ME AND MY FAMILY WE WAS LIVING' PROOF
THAT PEOPLE HAD FORGOT ABOUT POOR WHITE TRASH
AND IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'LL HAIR LIP THE POPE
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, IT'S A DAMN GOOD JOKE
I'VE SEEN THE GRAND OLE OPRY,
AND I'VE MET JOHNNY CASH
IF THAT AIN'T COUNTRY, I'LL KISS YOUR ASS
I'M THINKING TONIGHT OF MY BLUE EYES
AND FINDING THE GREAT SPECKLED BIRD
I DIDN'T KNOW GOD MADE HONKY-TONK ANGELS
AND WENT BACK TO THE WILD SIDE OF LIFE






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Straight shooting songs. This is one of them. | Reviewer: Alan W. Burk | 7/27/14

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 | 8/10/13

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.

Thats not even the words | Reviewer: DAC Fan | 2/22/13

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.

Don't like the words? | Reviewer: fan | 2/3/13

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.

Great Song | Reviewer: Cowboy | 1/9/13

@notafan If you dont like the words of the song, dont listen to it. Its art. You wouldnt tell Picasso to use a different color, so dont tell a songwriter to use a different word just cuz you dont like it. This song is great. Lyrics are some of the truest I ever heard.

Lyrics are Unacceptable | Reviewer: notafan | 11/13/12

I like country music and was listening to Pandora, and I was appalled by the lyrics of this song..."worked like a N----r to make ends meet." Really, David Allan, you couldn't find another word!! That's why I don't like a lot of RAP that uses that word. A "N" can be any color as far as I'm concerned...but historically it has been used a racial slur. Get another writer!



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