A truly great country western song

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dnlcnwy

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Hello all. I thought I would share a discovery. I heard what has to be my new candidate for greatest country western song of the modern era on Willie's Roadhouse last night and I thought I would share it with you. World's last truck driving man by Bobby Bare, 1980.
 

Edward

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Hello all. I thought I would share a discovery. I heard what has to be my new candidate for greatest country western song of the modern era on Willie's Roadhouse last night and I thought I would share it with you. World's last truck driving man by Bobby Bare, 1980.
Share, but no name or link? A puzzle to figure out from the clues? Or is the name hidden in that sentence?
 

dnlcnwy

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Question to moderator. This post seems a little out of place in the Pub. Why was it moved here?
 

NaphtaliPress

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An Admin moved it to a forum that closes for the Lord's Day to close it and I guess that was the first one that seemed close enough for appropriate.
Question to moderator. This post seems a little out of place in the Pub. Why was it moved here?
 

VictorBravo

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An Admin moved it to a forum that closes for the Lord's Day to close it and I guess that was the first one that seemed close enough for appropriate.
Right. The link leads to song featured from an album titled “Drunk and Crazy.”

So I thought of the Pub. I was dealing with other things and didn’t put a note in the thread. Only heard part of the song, but as a country song, you can expect coarse language and blasphemies.

Maybe it shouldn’t be in the pub either....
 

SolaScriptura

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I am quite perplexed that anyone would think this utterly forgettable song would be a contender for "best country western song of the modern era."

What is it about this song that resonates with you?
 

Andrew35

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Years ago, I dreamed I was a country song writer and wrote an authentic country song in the dream. I'm not kidding.

All I remember now is, "Got no luck... Got no luck. Just me and my dog in this pickup truck."

That's all I remember, but I can still hum that part for you.

Anyway, you can't convince me it's not the greatest country song of all time -- for what that's worth.
 

SeanPatrickCornell

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There are only two rational candidates for "Best Country and Western Song Ever".

1. "He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones
2. "She Got the Goldmine, I Got the Shaft" - Jerry Reed ;)
 

Grant

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Mr. Cash takes the top 5 best country songs of all time. My personal favorite is “I hung my Head”.
 

JimmyH

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Well, traditionally, the perfect country song was "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" by David Allen Coe.


Cash wasn't really country. He was Rockabilly.
I was thinking the same thing and listened to it to refresh my memory. OTOH, DA Coe was in the 'Outlaw' tradition which I suppose was begun by Billy Joe Shaver, and popularized by Waylon Jennings. Shaver's 'Ragged Old Truck' certainly is among contenders for a perfect country song in that outlaw tradition.

For true country I'd have to go back to the king of them all, Hank Williams Sr. Songs like So Lonesome I Could Cry, I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow, My Buckets Got A Hole In It are hard to beat. Roy Acuff's Wreck On The Highway, Jimmie Rodgers, The Singing Brakeman, T For Texas .... I could go on and on but won't bring up Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys or the Carter Family. :tumbleweed:
 

Logan

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Years ago, I dreamed I was a country song writer and wrote an authentic country song in the dream. I'm not kidding.

All I remember now is, "Got no luck... Got no luck. Just me and my dog in this pickup truck."

That's all I remember, but I can still hum that part for you.

Anyway, you can't convince me it's not the greatest country song of all time -- for what that's worth.

"This is the greatest and best country song in the world...

tribute."
 
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dnlcnwy

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I am quite perplexed that anyone would think this utterly forgettable song would be a contender for "best country western song of the modern era."

What is it about this song that resonates with you?
Most good country western songs lament loss on one level or another, usually the personal level. This song laments loss on the cultural level and it does it in a prescient way, before it has even happened. It is also funny as all get out. The repetition of the refrain "worlds last" is a wonderful hammer to drive home the various aspects of what are going to be doomed cultural icons by the time 2080 gets here. This isn't a "crying in your beer" sort of song, which might be the kind that you ascribe to good country western, but it is a "laughing through your tears" sort of song in the tradition of "You never even called me by my name". Some of the young people on this board may live to see the various fore sights in this song come true, and the culturally aware among them will lament the loss by listening to this song. Maybe it's not the greatest country western song of the modern era, but it's certainly a great truck driving song.
 
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