Raised on a Country Song

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Twenty miles south of guitar town above a honky tonk
Baptized in the neon light, that’s where I grew up
The jukebox in the corner played a country sound
Every night I’d say my prayers and then I’d lay me down
When other kids were counting sheep
Patsy’d sing me sweet sweet dreams

Cause late at night with the jukebox on
I was raised on a country song
Banjo, fiddle and a steel guitar
Three chord truth that touched my heart
Take me back where I belong
Cause I was raised on a country song

Every night I heard those songs seeping through the floor
Tammy Wynette would sing a duet with George Jones
I’d hear Lester Flatt, then Johnny Cash sing I walk the line
Then Patsy would take me walking after midnight
When other kids were reading Seuss
I knew the words to a boy Named Sue

There was always someone there to play with anytime
Cause my best friends were Wynette, Jones and Cline

Every night I heard those songs seeping through the floor

Tammy Wynette would sing a duet with George Jones
I’d hear Lester Flatt, then Johnny Cash sing I walk the line
Then Patsy would take me walking after midnight
When other kids were reading Seuss
I knew the words to a boy Named Sue

There was always someone there to play with anytime
Cause my best friends were Wynette, Jones and Cline

The story behind the song…
When I grew up we had a large stereo console in the living room. Every night, after my brother and I went to bed, our father would play records (45’s) of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Tammy Wynette. I literally grew up with these songs in my dreams every night. This song captures that time.