Country music is known for songs that refer to rough-and-tumble lifestyles, where heavy drinking and raucous conduct are not unusual, and relationships tend to turn sour. Among the many tunes and tracks, some not only describe such behavior but lay out the deeds in the song title. Check out these country songs that let listeners know what’s coming well before the start.
Craig Morgan - "Redneck Yacht Club"
Certified "gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America, (500,000 digital copies sold), "Redneck Yacht Club," a 2005 single performed by country music singer Craig Morgan, describes an inclusive aquatic organization for people with watercraft of all sorts: "Bass Trackers, Bayliners, and a party barge," and once at the club site all boats will be "strung together like a floatin' trailer park." According to Morgan, he and his friends, once at the title location are "checkin' out the girls on the upper deck," while the president of the yacht club ("Bob") starts drinking beer at 10 a.m., and promises that once "the party's over and we're all alone, we'll be makin' waves in a no wake zone."
Meghan Patrick - "Bow Chicka Wow Wow”
Meghan Patrick's first album "Grace & Grit" was released in 2016, and it spawned the single "Bow Chicka Wow Wow," a nonsensical phrase that implies that she finds a gentleman attractive -- which in this tune are men that work with their hands. She enjoys "when he's backing out the tractor or patching up the old wood fence," and that the man she's speaking of doesn't need to exercise as "wrenchin' on a farm truck is how he makes his arms look good." "Sweatin' in a heat wave cleanin' out the old hay loft," is another thing Patrick looks forward to, as it leaves "the ladies waitin' all day to see him take his T-shirt off." The refrain makes it clear, as according to Patrick, "All the ladies lovin' on a working man," and repeatedly asks for fellow females to concur, "let me hear you sing it now, 'Bow chicka wow wow.' "
Trace Adkins - "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
Trace Adkins put out the single "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" in 2005, and it remains a hit with the line dancing crowd. The song is a tribute to the posterior of a woman who has arrived in a nightclub, a backside that has impressed the singer so deeply he asks repeatedly "Lord have mercy how'd she even get them britches on?" Adkins professes such an affinity for the subject's rear, he admits that once the woman exits the location "We hate to see her go but love to watch her leave with that honky tonk badonkadonk."
Deana Carter - "Did I Shave My Legs for This?"
Deana Carter's 1997 single "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" is the story of a woman who went out of her way to tend to her appearance in order to inspire romance with her mate, but her companion passes her up for "a cold one." The same person "promised we'd get a house on a hill with a pool," but instead their "trailer stays wet" and they are "swimming in debt." The subject of the song decides to leave, and she asks in the refrain: "As I head for the door, I turn around to be sure, did I shave my legs for this?"
Toby Keith ft. Willie Nelson - “Beer for My Horses”
Willie Nelson joined Toby Keith on "Beer for My Horses," a duet from Keith's 2002 album "Unleashed" that proposes that modern law enforcement could be improved if it adopted frontier methods of justice. The tune points out that "we got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds; too much corruption, and crime in the streets," and that "It's time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground; send 'em all to their maker and he'll settle 'em down." Nelson sings that his "grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son a man had to answer for the wicked that he done," and that in earlier times, justice involved taking "all the rope in Texas," followed by finding a tall tree. After capturing a lawbreaker, they would "hang them high in the street for all the people to see." Once such a sentence was delivered, everyone involved would "meet back at the local saloon," raise their "glasses against evil forces, [while] singing 'whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.' "
Kenny Chesney - "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"
Certified "gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America, (500,000 digital copies sold), Kenny Chesney explains in his 2008 single "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" that the woman in his life is especially drawn to him when he's operating his tractor:
"She thinks my tractor's sexy ... it really turns her on. She's always starin' at me, while I'm chuggin' along ... she likes the way it's pullin' while we're tillin' up the land ..."
Chesney's female companion additionally enjoys the physical result of his working in sunny conditions, adding "she's even kind of crazy about my farmer's tan."
Joe Nichols - "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"
Joe Nichols reached the No. 1 position of the Billboard "Hot Country Songs" chart in December 2005 with this tune about a female acquaintance who has a defined habit of losing personal dress items whenever she imbibes tequila or beverages containing the spirit. He does point out that she can handle "any champagne brunch, a bridal shower with Bacardi [rum] punch [and] Jell-O shooters full of Smirnoff [vodka]," but should she ingest tequila her usual wardrobe malfunctions include "kicking out of her shoes, lose an earring in her drink, leave her jacket in the bathroom stall, drop a contact down the sink."
Nichols explains the worst case scenario for the woman would be if the DJ at an event plays a song by the rock group Bon Jovi, as that might result in her coming home "in a table cloth."
Notorious Cherry Bombs- "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your (Expletive) Out All Day"
The country music band Notorious Cherry Bombs put out the 2004 single "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your (Expletive) Out All Day," an account that recalls how the lead singers once had women in their lives that made them happy but "my, how things have changed since times moved on." The women apparently don't appreciate financial backing ("I gave her my last dollar, and now all she'll do is holler") or physical attraction ("I've learned she can resist me, by the way she always disses me"), and are at the point in their relationships where death would be a welcome escape ("If some day they drop the big one, I'd say 'sweet Jesus, she's gonna' finally leave me alone'").
The Bellamy Brothers - "Boobs"
This 2014 single (and popular line dancing tune) from David and Homer Bellamy not only focuses on a particular point of the female anatomy (the main refrain is "Can you please tell your boobs to stop looking at my eyes," a reference to uncontrollable staring), but also shows a potential dislike for hip-hop, when a "honky-tonk" plays rap the singers describe it as "crummy," and after featuring a spoken verse, the songs asks someone to then "shoot that rapper, and let the guitar player play." The song is a proposal from musician to a woman in a bar, and the Bellamys make such offers as to be the target's "sex object," to serve as the woman's "good ol' boy toy" and one day give her "the perfect redneck wedding." As for the final verse, the tune closes with a repeated request to "stick out your boob-sies."
Ashley Monroe - "Weed Instead Of Roses"
In a cut from her 2013 album "Like a Rose," Ashley Monroe uses the single "Weed Instead of Roses" to propose to her significant other that the two add new direction to their relationship, recommending they "put up the teddy bears, and get out the whips and chains," that they "trade in the boxers for some sexy underwear" and "put on some heavy metal," among other suggestions. Monroe also points out that her lover's brother grows the plant mentioned in the song title, and that using the substance is helpful to their romantic undertakings: "Every puff, every shot, you're looking better all the time."
Hank Williams Jr. - “There's A Tear in My Beer”
Hank Williams Jr.'s 1989 upgraded version of his late father Hank Williams' song "There's A Tear in My Beer," originally recorded in 1951, used technology to mix instrumentation and vocals from both father and son; the critical reception was strong and the tune won the 1990 Grammy Award for "Best Country Vocal Collaboration." The lyrics are focused on trying to drink enough to forget a lost love: "I'm gonna' keep drinking until I'm petrified, and then maybe these tears will leave my eyes." The refrain further makes the point: "There's a tear in my beer, 'cause I'm crying for you dear; you are on my lonely mind."
Ronnie Dunn - “Damn Drunk”
The title of the 2016 single "Damn Drunk" (a solo offering from Ronnie Dunn of the country duo Brooks & Dunn, although Kix Brooks provides background vocals) may at first seem a slam on an individual's excessive intake of alcoholic beverages, but the song reveals a different meaning. Dunn sings about his deep love for a woman, expressing in the chorus that "I love the way you always go and mess me up; if you were a whiskey, girl, I'd be a damn drunk."
Pistol Annies - "Hell On Heels"
The title track to the 2011 album from the Pistol Annies--a group featuring country musicians Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert -- is a summary of times when the singers were involved with men and how they treated those fellows. According to the song, the artists seem displeased with their relationships and have decided to make a deal with Satan, who then made them "pretty" and "smart," which will allow each of them to "break me a million hearts." The repeated warning to the males of the world: "I'm hell on heels, baby I'm coming for you."
Sammy Kershaw - "Queen Of My Double Wide Trailer"
With a repeated refrain "Dang her black heart and her pretty red neck," Sammy Kershaw's 1993 single is the tale of his woman and her infidelity. Kershaw tells how he once had to go out to find his lady after she ran off with a mechanic named Earl (who, as the tune reveals, is considered the "Charlie Daniels of the torque-wrench").
Brantley Gilbert - “Kick It in The Sticks”
Brantley Gilbert's 2010 album "Halfway to Heaven" features the song "Kick It in The Sticks," a declaration of how he sees people living in rural areas (AKA "the sticks") celebrate. Gilbert's song opens with a "welcome to the home of the hillbilly," a "land of barbed wire and moonshine whiskey," where they "got the jacked-up trucks slap covered in mud" and women arrive dressed in "bikini tops and Daisy Duke denim." The party Gilbert describes is a fest of drinking and loud music ("we're crankin' up AC/DC, Hank [Williams], [Lynyrd] Skynyrd and George Strait"), and overall the occasion is just "the good ol' boys having a dang good time" and everyone in attendance "all came to kick it in the sticks."
Toby Keith - "Trailerhood"
A track from Toby Keith's 2010 album "Bullets in the Gun," "Trailerhood" describes life in a particular trailer park with an upbeat attitude, pointing out neighbors who sit by plastic pools, drink beer and play cards. Things Keith says you'll see include "new tattoos and farmer tans, rodeo and NASCAR fans," and he also provides a severe weather tip: "When the storm starts getting bad, and you hear those sirens humming, grab a six pack and a lawn chair; there's a tornado coming."
Justin Moore - “You Look Like I Need A Drink”
"You Look Like I Need A Drink" is a single off Justin Moore's 2016 album "Kinda Don't Care," and it's a sad story. Moore describes the arrival of his significant other with worry: "You're coming over tonight 'cause you couldn't wait; now you're in the drive, I'm a wreck inside as you walk in through that door." According to Moore's tale, he anticipates a break-up, and although it never comes, his fears are consistent, as he notes he doesn't "know how this ends or where this goes, but the only thing I know is, you look like I need a drink right now."
Neal McCoy - "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On"
On his 2005 album "That's Life," Neal McCoy uses the concept of guzzling beer to the point of seeing reality as preferred to tell the tale of "Billy," a chap who's recently broken up with his girlfriend. At the opening of the song, Billy is in a bar and has already finished 10 drinks, resulting in obnoxious behavior such as singing loudly off-pitch and hitting on every female bar patron. However, his demeanor is pleasant, as the singer spins: "Billy wants to laugh, that's why he's here, you won't see him cry, unless you spill his beer." The sad fact that "He'll fall apart when he gets home" is expressed in the lyrics, but the main point of the chorus: "Life looks good, good, good; Billy's got his beer goggles on."
Big & Rich - "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
Musicians William Kenneth "Big Kenny" Alphin and John Rich put out this track in 2004, and it has become a line dancing anthem. It's mainly about a party lifestyle that is centered on sex and drinking -- the main point being that being a genuine cowboy is an attractive and irresistible quality -- such as the lyrics explain: "... her evaluation, of my cowboy reputation, had me begging for salvation, all night long."
Joe Diffie - "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer"
Country musician Joe Diffie put out a Christmas album in 1995, with the song "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer" released as a single. Diffle spins a tale about Rudolph the reindeer getting too sick to lead Santa's sleigh one Christmas Eve, so he called out to his cousin Leroy, who then drove his pickup truck to the North Pole to help. As the tune explains, "All the reindeer snickered and laughed; they never seen a deer in overalls and a John Deere trucker hat," but Leroy came through as Rudolph's substitute -- although he mixed "jingle bells with the rebel yell" and due to his country ways, the other reindeer ended up "scootin' a hoof on every single roof."
Willie Nelson - "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"
The title of this 2012 Willie Nelson single is fairly self-explanatory; the iconic singer states his passing will be a "party," and that he wants a fire built, his corpse to be deposited in the flames "for about an hour and [then] twist me up" before using his remains for smoking.
Chris Cagle - "Wal-Mart Parking Lot"
Musician Chris Cagle discussed his senior year of high school in this single from his 2005 album "Anywhere But Here." Per the track, Cagle notes that "there wasn't much to do in my hometown," which led him and his schoolmates to spend a lot of time hanging out in their local Walmart parking lot, engaging in beer drinking and attempting to find romance.
Jo Dee Messina - "My Give A Damn's Busted"
Jo Dee Messina reached the number one position of the Billboard "Hot Country Songs" chart in May of 2005 with "My Give A Damn's Busted," a tune in which she excoriates someone that has pushed her past the point of forgiveness. She describes her feelings to the individual (who she says is a "product of the Prozac" with "co-dependent ways") with a flat declaration of "no ... sorry .... nothin'."
Joe Nichols - "She Only Smokes When She Drinks"
A single from the Joe Nichols 2002 album "Man With a Memory," "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" is a ballad about a woman who may spend time in bars smoking, but she's not there to meet a mate. Nichols sings that when "she's tired of being let down by men," she'll go out by herself to drink, and "she only drinks alone, and she only smokes when she drinks."
Tracy Lawrence - "How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye"
Tracy Lawrence put out this single in 1997 that describes how his heart was broken when his girlfriend ended their relationship, first with a "cold and empty stare, as if I wasn't there;" she then starts traveling erratically across the state of Texas, ostensibly as part of tactics to leave him behind.