Song Lyric Sunday: Road

Jim gives us lots of different word choices for this week’s route to a musical theme. I chose “Copperhead Road.” I’ve enjoyed this intense song for a while. It was written in 1988 by Steve Earle for his album of the same name.

Well my name’s John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only come to town about twice a year

He’d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
‘Fore my time but I’ve been told
He never come back from Copperhead Road

Now Daddy ran whiskey in a big block Dodge
Bought it at an auction at the Mason’s Lodge
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside

Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin’ sound
When the Sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin’, knew something wasn’t right
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin’ down Copperhead Road

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first, ’round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Columbia and Mexico
I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road
And now the D.E.A.’s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I’m back over there
I learned a thing or two from Charlie don’t you know
You better stay away from Copperhead Road

Copperhead Road
Copperhead Road
Copperhead Road

12 responses to “Song Lyric Sunday: Road

  1. Awesome song Paula! I hadnt heard of this one!


  2. Paula this was a great choice for today. I have not heard this in a while and this is the first time I watched the video.

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  3. They get to jammin on this song. Steve Earle’s one of my favorites. Good choice, Paula!

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  4. I’d never heard this song before.

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  5. Thank for sharing this Paula! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh I like this song and video. Can’t say I’ve heard of him, or this song before. Thanks for posting it. 🙂

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