Read the lyrics to "Gone Country" (Alan Jackson)

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  1. Allen in San Jose

    Allen in San Jose Member

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    ...and tell me that it's not a bitingly sarcastic and critical song about the commercialization and faddishness of country music - as if it were a novelty for affluent urban/suburban people who romanticize rural and small-town life.

    She's been playing in a room on a strip
    For ten years in Vegas

    And every night she looks in the mirror
    But she only ages
    She's been reading about Nashville and all
    The records that everybody's buying
    Says, "I'm a simple girl myself
    Grew up on long island"


    So she packs her bags to try to her hand
    Says, "This might be my last chance"

    She's gone country, look at them boots
    She's gone country, back to her roots
    She's gone country, a new kind of suit
    She's gone country, here she comes

    Well the folk scene is dead
    But he's holding out in the village
    He's been writing songs speaking out
    Against wealth and privilege

    He says, "I don't believe in money
    But a man could make him a killin'"

    'Cause some of that stuff don't sound
    Much different than Dylan

    I hear down there it's changed you see
    They're not as backwards as they used to be


    He's gone country, look at them boots
    He's gone country, back to his roots
    He's gone country, a new kind of suit
    He's gone country, here he comes

    He commutes to L.A.
    But he's got a house in the valley

    But the bills are piling up
    And the pop scene just ain't on the rally
    And he says, "Honey I'm a serious composer
    Schooled in voice and composition"
    But with the crime and the smog these days
    This ain't no place for children

    Lord, it sounds so easy, it shouldn't take long
    Be back in the money in no time at all


    He's gone country, look at them boots
    He's gone country, back to his roots
    He's gone country, a new kind of suit
    He's gone country, here he comes

    Yeah, he's gone country, a new kind of walk
    He's gone country, a new kind of talk
    He's gone country, look at them boots
    He's gone country, oh, back to his roots

    He's gone country
    He's gone country
    Everybody's gone country
    Yeah we've gone country
    The whole world's gone country


    Bolding mine.
     
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  2. 27sauce

    27sauce Supporting Member

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    Pretty cut and dry. You don't really have to read too much in to it.
     
  3. EricPeterson

    EricPeterson Member

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    Yeah, I was going to say, "was there ever any doubt?"
     
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  5. Misterbulbous

    Misterbulbous Member

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    that song has a great chorus.
     
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  6. StanG

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    Isn't that like 20 years old? He did some great stuff back then.
     
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    27sauce Supporting Member

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    It's a reoccurring theme for the last 50 years. Carpetbaggers...jackson(or whoever wrote that song) wasn't the first.
     
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  8. EricPeterson

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    Murder on Music Row was like 15 years ago, still rings true.
     
  9. mikebat

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    It's Alan Jackson. You either care or don't
     
  10. Sparkman52

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    written by the great Bob McDill. Check out his credits.
     
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  11. Tiny Montgomery

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    Was "Where Were You?" a biting, sarcastic commentary on the commercialization of a national tragedy, too?

    "Gone Country" was more about validation/"those hypocrites have come around to our way of thinking" than it is anti-commercial.
     
  12. harry65

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    IMO Alan has the perfect country voice , huge fan..........
     
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    Any thoughts on Chattahoochee?

    Masonic imagery? Occult undertones?
     
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    marktweedy In Transit® Silver Supporting Member

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    More like the journey up the river in Apocalypse Now.
     
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  15. StanG

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    Maybe, but probably more like channeling the classic badassery of what country music could be.
     
  16. 27sauce

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    Wow, kinda ironic that he wrote a lot of 70's/80's hit pop country songs that the 80's neo traditionalists were a backlash against.

    Great songs, nonetheless. Goes to show that the record does not define the song.
     
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  17. Billy Moss

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    I work with a guy named Jeff and he's about 50 years old and I asked him if he likes today's country and he said it is not country. I said do you like rock and roll and he said he likes Metallica. I said, based on what you said the only real rock and roll would be Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, Buddy Holly and artists from the 1950's and he didn't agree with me. What he said about country would be like saying Miles Davis wasn't jazz. You know get over it music changes. Style evolves.
     
  18. frijoleghost

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    looka them boots

    i used to love alan jackson - he was SO good on the first 3 records or so
     
  19. stevieboy

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    So he was country before country was cool?

    Seems like an odd idea to me. The music I make is getting really popular,, jeez, now I'll have to get a bigger mansion. Damn city folk, ruining everything for me!
     

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