Sunday, October 18, 2009

"With a little luck, we just may get stuck -- let's get a little mud on the tires" -- Brad Paisley, "Mud on the Tires," Trucks, Romance, and Song

Thanks again to my daughter Lisa for pointing this topic out to me. I always used to think of country music as "Shit-Kicker" music, an attitude borne from my high brow education and urban origins. In April of 2007, however, I was at a conference in Nashville and went to the Grand Old Opry one night. It was a blast! And so from time to time I now listen to country, because so many of the words concerning life ring true. The lyrics can get you thinking, and can be funny as well. And yes, at times the lyrics are "bullshit," but not always.

So let's talk a bit about song and pick up trucks. And one of the best is Brad Paisley's "Mud on Tires." It has all the classic ingredients of great music -- the vehicle, the road, or in this case the road that ends, the girl, and romance in a lonely pace, far away from the crowds. In this song our narrator finally gets bank approval to buy a new truck, in this case a 2004 Chevy. It has 4 wheel drive, and the new owner wants to try it out, but he asks his girl to come along, probably to try her out too. So he asks his girl to come along.
He’s “got the perfect place in mind/It's in the middle of nowhere only way to get there/You got to get a little mud on the tires”. "So with a little luck we may get stuck," an old desire of young men driving cars with girls at their side. What a way to end a summer drive when the “Sun sets about nine this time of year”.

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