Kerosene Kid

Album: Do You Believe Me Now (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • In the album's publicity materials Wayne said that this autobiographical track was of special significance to him because of his extensive charity work with disadvantaged youth. The Country singer came from a broken home and spent time on the streets and in foster care. He explained: "When you smell kerosene on a kid at school, you just know that they have a hard life. Usually the kids who heat by a kerosene heater are poor kids. They live in trailers or old houses and that's their only way of staying warm is to either use a kerosene or a wood heater. This song says 'Don't let them get you down, keep your head up and stay proud.'"

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