SLS: Copperhead Road


Jim Adams continues his Song Lyric Sunday series today with the prompt of country music.

Well, my name’s John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw grandaddy down here
He only came to town about twice a year
He’d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine

Steve Earle wrote “Copperhead Road” in 1988 for his album of the same name. The single reached No. 10 on Billboard and is one of my favorites due to the storytelling nature of the lyrics.

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They drafted the white trash first, around here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Colombia and Mexico
I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road

Wikipedia says that the song’s blend of country and Southern rock influenced several other artists. Copperhead Road was an actual road in Tennessee that has since been renamed to Copperhead Hollow Road. Enjoy!

©️2023 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

15 responses to “SLS: Copperhead Road

  1. A pleasure to listen to, love the voice and as always enjoy a song with a story…this is a great piece of its genre! πŸ’œπŸ€—

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  2. I don’t know this song, but the lyrics here are excellent stories of the times. Thank you Paula.

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  3. I can’t remember hearing this one, but it is so good! Liked the video, too. πŸ™‚

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  4. Copperhead Road is near Mountain City, TN, only a few miles from where I grew up. It is a great song and a great choice for today.

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  5. I have always loved this song, Paula. Steve Earle started writing this when he was in a Dallas jail. 1988 was not a good year for him as he was imprisoned for assaulting a police officer while also having several personal, legal, and business troubles. Copperhead Road brought an interesting twist to country rock.

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  6. Steve Earle can speak, sing or say anything and I’m going to listen. Great choice!

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  7. Great song, from a fantastic album by one of my favourites. I saw him and his band in London ten years ago, and their performance of this was blisteringly good 😊

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