Fence Post

Album: The Underdog (2015)
  • Now this is a true story for the most part
    That occurred on the top floor of this
    Bigwig record executive's office in Nashville, Tennessee
    Now understand I'm not poking any fun or disrespecting anybody
    God knows I love country music with all my heart and soul
    And I love the Grand Ole Opry
    But I do have a problem with someone who
    Can't even play a D chord on a guitar
    Telling someone with a dream that they won't get far
    So this song is dedicated to all those underdogs like me
    Out there running around
    Don't get discouraged if you have a dream
    Don't be afraid to chase it down
    It's how it goes

    He said, "Son, don't get offended by what I'm about to say
    I can see you have a passion
    For the songs you write and play
    But you lack what we all call commercial appeal
    And you just don't have what it takes
    To make it here in Nashville"

    Ouch

    Well my heart felt like a train wreck
    But I wore a smile on my face
    I said, "Thank you for your time, sir"
    Put my guitar back in its case
    Our little conversation was like a revelation
    Redirecting my dreams
    'Cause God knows I'd never sell my soul to rock 'n' roll
    Or rap or wear those tight skinny jeans

    'Cause you know I'd rather sing my own songs
    Than be a puppet on a string
    I'll wear what I want to wear
    I'm gonna sing what I wanna sing
    Heaven knows all I need
    Is my faith, my fans, my friends and my family
    Besides I'd rather be an old fence post in Texas
    Than the king of Tennessee

    So I loaded up my old pickup truck
    And I drove back home to Amarillo
    Got a gig off old route 66
    At this ballroom called The Armadillo
    And for the first thousand shows or so
    Not a soul showed up
    I thought about quitting every other day
    But I just kept on kicking that cup

    Yeah, I kept kicking that can surrounded by
    Blood, sweat, and beers
    And wouldn't you know I became an overnight sensation
    In just over ten years
    And now I'm packing out all the dance halls
    And the rodeos every night
    I got a pretty wife, a ranch, a band, a bus, a boat
    I'd say I'm doing alright

    And you know I'd rather sing my own songs
    Than be a puppet on a string
    I'll wear what I want to wear
    I'm gonna sing what I wanna sing
    Heaven knows all I need
    Is my faith, my fans, my friends and my family
    Besides I'd rather be an old fence post in Texas
    Than the king of Tennessee

    Oh, how 'bout a little front porch picking, boys

    Well, wouldn't you know that old record man
    Showed up one night at this honky tonking bar
    After my show he said,
    "Son, I believe you might be the next big country star"
    He said, "We like how you keep it raw
    We like how you keeping it real
    And I think you may just have what
    We all like to call commercial appeal"
    Huh, ain't that something
    Well, sir

    I'd rather sing my own songs
    Than be a puppet on a string
    I'll wear what I want to wear
    And I'm gonna sing what I wanna sing
    Heaven knows all I need
    Is my faith, my fans, my friends and my family
    Besides I'd rather be an old fence post in Texas
    Than the king of Tennessee
    God bless Tennessee
    But I'd rather be just an old fence post in Texas
    Than sell my soul to rock 'n' roll
    Or rap or wear those tight skinny jeans Writer/s: AARON WATSON
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing, ME GUSTA MUSIC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

The Girl in That SongFact or Fiction

Billie Jean, Delilah, Sara, Laura and Sharona - do you know who the girls in the songs really are?

Amy Lee of EvanescenceSongwriter Interviews

The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.

Is That Song Public Domain?Fact or Fiction

Are classic songs like "Over The Rainbow" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the public domain?

Weird Al YankovicFact or Fiction

Did Al play on a Beach Boys record? Did he have beef with George Lucas and Coolio? See if you can spot weird but true stories.

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Bradley Cooper, Michael J. Fox, Rami Malek, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?