Josh Thompson – “Way Out Here”

Paul Brian | March 31st, 2010

thompsonSongwriters: Josh Thompson, David Lee Murphy & Casey Beathard.

Josh Thompson’s latest single, “Way Out Here,” is far from way out anywhere. It treads familiar ground, that walked by many musicians who have attempted to speak for the spirit of small-town America and the traditional, hardworking people who live there–a path Justin Moore tried recently with his paltry offerings “Small Town USA” and “Backwoods.”

That said, “Way Out Here” is certainly steeped in country music tradition, taking a cue from classic political-statement songs like Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee.” Here, Thompson guides us on a tour of the contemporary American experience that is potentially more dark and in earnest than much of what can be found among today’s typical radio fodder.

Thompson’s gritty, world-weary vocals simmer with anger, despair and moral force as the song approaches numerous key concerns including the economy, military service, work ethic, religious belief, gun ownership, governance, and musical taste. The government bailout is not well-received in these parts, to say the least.

The inhabitants of this imagined town are sure of their way of like, and certainly won’t tolerate laziness, flip-flopping or moral relativism. But the message falls flat.

While “Way Out Here” may be gold to Thompson’s growing fan base, and well-received in today’s tense political climate, its unctuous, try-too-hard style and lyrics walk a fine line between commentary and insult. Instead of offering something substantive, the song brushes over gross generalization of a wide swath of topics, shouting its talking points from a foot away when whispering an well-reasoned case would be so much more effective of a strategy.

The people of “Way Out” are defined by their love of “John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere,” and they defend themselves with “The Good Lord and a gun.” But name-checking Jesus and the Man in Black isn’t a complete, sufficient or fair characterization of any group of people. Like so many of its contemporaries, the song is an attempt to lump people into “us vs. them” categories, utilizing criteria like regional food preferences and political coteries to stratify “country” and “not country.”

Lost in such an attempt is the suffering, joy and passion of these people’s day-to-day existence.

Thompson flops badly in this brooding piece of backwoods bravado. “Way Out Here” amounts to just the latest posturing, wearisomely sloganeering homily trying to encapsulate what it really means to be country or really means to be patriotic in rural America.

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  1. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    So is the Don Johnson Miami Vice stubble look back? It sure seems like a lot of young singers are sporting it.

  2. Thomas
    March 31, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    …yep, the tourist authorities of the more rural states will give it a thumbs down, too. then again, it’s quite well sung and i’m a sucker for name-dropping and many things fried. overall, a catchy little number that will find it’s way into the charts.

  3. Stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Why do people assume that small towns are bastians of moral rectitude and uprightness? I grew up in one and if you have that many kids that bored you will have a lot of moral relavatism.

  4. Emgee
    March 31, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with the 9513 for once. The opening (and closing) lines of this song are ignorant as hell. “Our houses are protected by the good Lord and a gun
    And you might meet ‘em both if you show up here not welcome son” So, if we disagree with good ol’ Josh, we’re gonna get shot, huh?

  5. Matt Bjorke
    March 31, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Emgee,

    I don’t think Josh was saying that. I think he was saying he will defend his right to protect his home if an unwanted guest or intruder happens upon his home.

  6. Emgee
    March 31, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Well, we’re interpreting it in different ways, but you present a valid option.

  7. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Isn’t most meth made either out in the country or in small towns? How come that doesn’t ever get into a country (by groups other then old Crow Medicine Show)?

  8. Rick
    March 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    This song is sooo generic by today’s Top 40 AirHead Country standards I really don’t see it making a dent at radio like the catchy “Beer On The Table” did. When the bombastic chorus hits you up side the head at 45 seconds in the ballgame is over. This song sounds like so many other recent offerings from different artists its name should be “Plain Wrap”! I haven’t heard Josh’s album (and have no desire to) but I’d hope there are stronger cuts than this on there or his career at radio will be very short lived. Next!

  9. Kyle
    March 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I think Josh does a lot better when singing fun, uptempo party songs that you can just picture singing along to in a crowded honkytonk. He’s got a good energy for those songs. This kind of song – the defiant, chest-pounding, I’m-more-country-than-you type – is not what he should be trying to pull off, IMO. It doesn’t make him seem very likeable. I don’t think ANYONE should be trying to pull off those songs, but especially if you’re someone whose Wisconsin accent changes to a rural Mississippi twang when the guitars start strumming… you might wanna take it easy on the posturing.

    I hope they release “Won’t Be Lonely Long” as the next single, which is a worthy successor to “Beer On The Table”.

  10. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm
  11. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Damn-I was listening to that album today on the ride home too.

  12. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Woah–creepy.

  13. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Law of averages-its the only DBT CD in the car.

  14. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Yeah, but there are 4 DBT cds in my collection.

  15. Ace
    March 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    The music video for this song really brings it to life. It conveys a very deep sense of existential tragedy. It shows Josh Thompson in various locales of a hollowed out rural ghost town belting out “Way Out Here” , almost as if shouting in righteous defiance. Defiance in the face of the tragic decimation of rural America due to insidious globalist ideology and the rise of big Agribusiness.

    By itself, the song is rather mediocre, but the phenomenological picture that its music video illuminates makes it a masterpiece. For this, I give it a thumbs up.

  16. Rick
    March 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Wow Ace, that is some of the most amazing existential psychobabble song analysis I think I’ve ever read at the 9513! Did you compose that post while sipping red wine in a hot tub while dreaming of northern California vineyards? Again I say WOW! I think Josh could use your literary talents as part of his songwriting team…(lol)

  17. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Stormy,
    I have 4 albums and two live downloaded shows from archives.org. I just can’t seem to find the CDs here in the Indy area so I end up having to buy them via Itunes.

  18. Ace
    March 31, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Glad you enjoyed my thoughts, Rick but you’ve got me pegged all wrong. lol

    I actually have no use for California, wine, or hot tubs.

    I’d rather sip Jim Beam and Coke on the tailgate of my pickup, watching the Oklahoma sunset.

  19. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Ace: Except that the picture it paints is incomplete and wrong.

  20. Ace
    March 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    “incomplete and wrong”

    You very well could be correct in some respects, Stormy. Please elaborate.

  21. Jay
    March 31, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Indifferent on the review personally, I like Josh’s music, “Beer On The Table” and “Sinner” specifically, but this song, not the best but far from the worst.

    What I really want to point out is the last statement in the review: ““Way Out Here” amounts to just the latest posturing, wearisomely sloganeering homily trying to encapsulate what it really means to be country or really means to be patriotic in rural America.”

    Seems like a lot of seffort to break out the dictionary just to find a way to describe your feelings on a song. Wouldn’t it have just been easier to say “Considering the fact that it’s another generic country-pride song, I just don’t like it”.

  22. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Ace: It doesn’t look at the bored kids clawing to get out, the homoginzation, the gossip, the growing drug problem….As the saying goes, if small towns were so great they wouldn’t be so small.

  23. Rick
    March 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I’ve wrongly expected Top 40 country radio to ignore this song but this week’s Mediabase Most Added Singles chart proves me wrong! Radio’s appetite for songs that all sound alike is truly amazing (and utterly pathetic). Here’s the list:

    This Week’s Mediabase Most Added Songs:
    1) Brad Paisley/Water (38 Adds)
    2) Josh Thompson/Way Out Here (21)
    3) Rodney Atkins/Farmer’s Daughter (18)
    4) Williams Riley/Sweet September (14)
    5) Toby Keith/Every Dog Has Its Day (11)
    6) Jerrod Niemann/Lover, Lover (10)

    There were no female artists in the Top 12 adds (not counting the gals in Little Big Town that is).

    I like that “Lover, Lover” song. Its definitely not country but it is more interesting and fun than most of the other non-country crap currently filling the Top 40 mainstream country airwaves!

  24. Ace
    March 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Well, Stormy, big cities aren’t all that either. Sure there are negatives everywhere. The bored kids don’t know how good they have it. I live in the ever larger metropolis of Denver, Colorado and find it mundane and stiffling.

    But you can’t say that there is noone in small towns that can relate to Mr. Thompson’s song. That kind of generalization is patently untrue.

  25. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Ace: But no one is singing songs about how blessed perfect cities are.

  26. Steve M.
    March 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I always thought Hal Ketchum captured small town life best with “Small Town Saturday Night.” I suspect its bleak message would not fit into today’s country music with a smile attitude.

  27. Ace
    March 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Stormy: An expression of a degree of rural pride doesnt exactly translate to mean “blessed perfection”.

    I realize some songs take the idyllic small town stereotype too far, but I don’t think Thompson’s song does this.

  28. stormy
    March 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Steve: I always thought that Steve Earle did a good job with Someday.

  29. idlewildsouth
    April 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

    I dont particularly care for the song, mostly because the lyrics are just a little too general for me, but Stormy, I think it’s unfair to discredit the idea of the song just because there are bored kids with drug problems wanting to get out of small towns. I’d venture to say that for every bored kid that hates it, there’s another kid that loves it. And a lot of bored kids that hate it, learn it was a lot better than thought it was once they realize they didn’t know a whole lot about life at 17.

  30. Ace
    April 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Idlewild, you have expressed my same thoughts in a succint manner. Both Travis Tritt and Waylon Jennings recorded a song pertaining to this “Where Corn Don’t Grow”

    I think these lyrics describe what we are talking about well:

    ” Hard times are real
    there’s dusty fields
    no matter where you go
    you might change you mind
    because the weeds are high
    where corn don’t grow”

    and then in the next verse, the haunting reflection:

    “I was only seventeen back then
    But I thought that I knew more than I know now
    I can’t say he didn’t warn me
    This city life’s a hard row to hoe
    Ain’t it funny how a dream can turn around
    Where corn don’t grow”

  31. Stormy
    April 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Where Corn Don’t Grow exactly demonstrates my point. There’s no passion in this song because there are no characters in this song, there is no reality in this song. This song isn’t about a town, its about a billboard picture.

  32. Jon
    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Honey, you haven’t even listened to “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” have you?

  33. Ace
    April 1, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I believe she’s referring to “Way Out Here” and by those standards she’s right. It’s a mediocre, plastic song by itself. But my original point was that the song’s music video brought it to life with existential emotions in ways that most likely were unintended.

  34. Jon
    April 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Okay, but what does that have to do with her criticism that this song “doesn’t look at the bored kids clawing to get out, the homoginzation, the gossip, the growing drug problem….” You could say the same thing about “Where Corn Don’t Grow.” In fact, you could say the same thing about “Jambalaya (On The Bayou).” That doesn’t make them bad songs, and it doesn’t make this one a bad song; it’s got other problems.

  35. Stormy
    April 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Actually, the kid in the beginning of Where Corn Don’t Grow is clawing to get out and does in fact leave.

  36. Jon
    April 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Listen past the first verse.

  37. Jon
    April 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    In fact, the story of the youngster who can’t wait to get off the farm/out of the s all town only to wind up regretting it is one of the classic themes of country music. Even if the DBTs haven’t addressed it.

  38. Drew
    April 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I like it, haha.

    The main part of the chorus about John Deere, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash is definitely crap… cliche in its worst form… but aside from that, it works, especially the steel.

  39. Stormy
    April 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Jon: I did not say that was all the song could be about.

  40. Stewman
    April 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Every writer should think twice about namechecking Johnny Cash at this point. I cringe everytime. The funny part is that most of the time its not even used properly in what they are trying to convey.
    Blasting Johnny Cash (well no)
    Backwoods redneck stereotype (Not exactly what John’s music was about)

  41. newyorker!
    April 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    im a professional writer/born & raised nyc girl!
    ive never held a gun, or lived in the backwoods, but i love country music, & like the song just fine.
    mr thompson, should be able to sing about whatever he wants…its his record, his beliefs, etc…
    cliches are quite often make country music GREAT, hes emphasizing a point, that doesnt make it a cop out. just my 2 cents, feel free to attack me now.

  42. stormy
    April 3, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    So basically its the perfect song about being from the country for people who have never been anywhere near the country.

  43. Michael
    April 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Paul: A good review. I like your sardonic style of writing. Keep at it

  44. Paul
    April 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks, Michael.

  45. tom
    May 23, 2010 at 6:03 am

    Haha…you guys amaze me. If its different, you don’t like it, if it’s straight down the middle you don’t like it either. I don’t understand it.

  46. Matt
    May 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t see whats wrong with this song. You all seem to forget a vast majority of country music fans are conservative and like songs like this.

  47. Stormy
    May 24, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    That’s because, for all that I keep hearing about these fans, I rarely meet these fans.

  48. ayla greer
    May 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

    hey this is the best song ever when i first heard it i had to listen to it over and over lol

  49. jayla
    June 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    this song is my fave is it old or new because they dont play it on the radio much

  50. jayla
    June 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    does anyone no the song beer on the table?

  51. jayla
    June 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    im done leaving stupid comments

  52. Jessica
    June 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Ok, I usually wouldn’t even waste my time reading things like this, but was struck by the comments left.

    First off I live “way out here” in a small town in southwest Kansas, with a population of maybe 600 on a good day. Addressing the comment “Small towns are small for a reason,” you are correct. We choose to raise our children away from big city drama, and if that drama threatens our homes it’s removed rather quickly.

    As for the ignorant comment of “..isn’t most meth made in small country towns?” People may get away with that in some small offshoot town just outside of a big city…. but “way out here” we don’t have time for that crap. We’re busy raising crops and tending cattle to feed our families… and your family.

    To the poster that pushed me over the edge with the “the kids are clawing to get out” comment. The kids out here finish college and 9 of 10 of them come back to run third, fourth, or even fifth generation farms. You see here we don’t get the leisure to believe we are entitled to anything we haven’t earned. Hence the fact that our High School tested in the top 300… in the nation this year. We also have a drop out rate of one student… every THREE years. I think what bothers me the most is this whole thing went from personal opinions of a song to trash talking.

    As of the song… “Our homes are protected by the good Lord and a gun, if you come in unwelcome you might meet them both Son” is absolutely true. “Way out here” we would truly give you the shirt off our backs, but if you decide to ignore the no trespassing signs and threaten our livelihood your likely to meet a gun. Likely or not, agree with it or not, it’s our way of life.

    I suggest you live your lives, and we will live ours because in the end the good Lord does the judging.

  53. jayla
    June 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    can i ask you jessica what the heck you mean by the last thing you just said

  54. Stormy
    June 16, 2010 at 7:29 pm
  55. jayla
    June 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

    why is everyone not making their point clear here we are here to talk about the song not our thoughts on other things i think the song is awesome!!!!!!! :) ;p

  56. Melvin
    June 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Saying you’re going to meet my gun and God on the same night is pretty insulting, even for country music. Huge thumbs down on this one.

  57. jayla
    June 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    its just a song people i think it is really good besides dont give him a thumbs down he didnt write it are yall all against guns or somthing hes saying that his house is protected by the good lord and a gun and that youll meet them both if you show up not welcome hello someone breaks in my house they are gonna get about 16 holes put through them and then ill ask questions and then they will meet god so no big deal the song rocks!!!!! :D

  58. Stormy
    June 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Dare I ask what sort of legal gun holds 16 bullets?

  59. Drew
    June 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Plenty of magazines hold that many, semi-automatic or automatic.

  60. Stormy
    June 25, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    That is terrifying.

    Next question: How many intruders are going to wait patiently while you shoot at them 16 times?
    As my daddy used to say, if you need more than 4 bullets, you shouldn’t have a gun.

  61. Michelle
    June 25, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    If you’re a good aim, they won’t be going anywhere. If you shoot them 16 times that’s what I’d call, “overkill.”

  62. Michelle
    June 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    We have two guns here for “protection.” There’s just one little problem, I don’t know how to shoot a gun. Well, I’m sure I could hit something with it. I hate guns. I’m afraid of guns. I’ve touched one before and it was so cold and hard. I’m starting to tremble just thinking about it.

  63. Brady Vercher
    June 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    My .22 holds more than 16 rounds and let me tell ya, it’s terrifying…

  64. Michelle
    June 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I believe ya, just take it easy with that thing!

  65. jayla
    July 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    yall take things to serious dang no gun is terrifying unless its being held to your head and as for overkill ya gotta make sure lol jk you shouldnt be scared of guns but i do have to admit i hate the sound of guns but love them other than that they are sort of fun to shoot and for brady dude i love .22′s they are so fun to shoot

  66. Roxy
    August 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I happen to LOVE the song WAY OUT HERE by Josh Thompson, I just think you guys are putting to much into the song! It’s just a simple KICK ASS song not meant to be over analized like this! LOL

  67. Stormy
    August 25, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    How good can it be if it cannot withstand analysis?

  68. WAYNOE
    August 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Over-analysis Stormy. Over-analysis. As I continue to correctly assert, most listeners are not lyricists.

  69. Stormy
    August 25, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    But most listners do know the story a song istrying to tell an why tht attempt succeeds or fails.

  70. WAYNOE
    August 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Can’t go with you on this one Stormy. I am not disagreeing as far as what you say is the way it should be. But the casual listener, which is the majority, chooses by image, melody, etc. They will then learn the lyrics and sign along.

    There are exceptions of course. However, this is why the record labels market like they do. Style over substance, adn I say that unfortunately.

  71. luckyoldsun
    August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    The lyrics are crucial to traditional country. Try playing Alan Jackson or George Strait or George Jones for a non-English-speaking person–They’ll have no interest.
    (On the other hand, lots of non-English speakers listened to the Beatles or Michael Jackson et al.)

  72. WAYNOE
    August 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Lucky,

    I do not disagree with you. I am just speaking for the mind-numb casual listener.

  73. mel
    September 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I honestly thought the song was a parody. No one could honestly sing about all those — somebody said “plastic” — cliches of small town, rural life sincerely. When he sang the line “When it comes to weight, brother” I was *certain* was he was going to mention the rural obesity epidemic but no . . .
    Pathetic. If you’re going to bring up the way the country should be run, how about some specifics? How exactly would everyone way out there address the joblessness, drug addiction, and lack of health care that plague rural communities? If you’re just going to crow about your gun and truck, can’t you at least try to say something new?

  74. Jooliann Huff
    September 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I understand how the lyrics seem parodycal, and maybe a little old fashioned, but I think overall the song is well written. The idea conveyed in T Thompsons “Way out here” is not necessary applicable in all backwoods neighborhoods, but he isn’t necessarilly aiming to idealize every single rural town. Rather, Thompson looks to convey some common themes that may be universal in a lot of towns. Just as Gretchin wilson’s “Redneck woman” isn’t necesarrily about every single country girl, Thompson isn’t looking to list hard and fast claims statements about backwoods people and their homes. Above all, I think the song is more about the spirit and pride of the people who live there. Regardless of how factual the song may or may not be, Thompson is one of the best emerging writers of today. With a writing style similar to Eric church’s ( in my oppinion) he has a way of telling a story without using the same old over used rhyming words or cliche phrases that litter every other main stream country song these days. It ‘s really refreshing to hear another “I’m from the country and proud” song that doesn’t rely on stupid outdated country ideals. I commend this song for a new take on an old idea.

  75. Richiewa
    September 16, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Awesome song and several different, excellent videos. If you ask me, with the problems facing this country, we need a hard look at what we are doing. If you check his interviews about the song he indicates it is not so much location as a philosophy. If you look at magazines/web sites like Backwoods Home the self-reliance philosophy coupled with “old” American values and ideals are making a comeback. Maybe not trendy but common sense. Some are realizing there must be limits and choices – check: http://www.defeatthedebt.com/
    Self-defense and defending family includes using levels of force including guns. Around here (western Washington state) a maverick democrat pointed out the number of guns in his rural district and the self-defense/reliance mindset. Criminals actually headed back to the urban areas of Tacoma and Seattle. Interviews with prisoners have shown criminals are more concerned about guns held by private citizens than by police. Yeah there are problems in rural areas, but an interesting thing is that many hold to old-fashioned, rural traditional values – many are poor, or working class but would not steal or commit crimes for any reason.
    I have lived in big cities (Los Angeles) and I personally would take the backwoods any day.

  76. Tom UK
    September 16, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Very much an ‘us and them’ song. I wouldn’t feel welcome way out there.

  77. Mike
    September 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    This is the stupidest song ever. Josh is saying “Oh, look at me, I’m Mr. Tough Guy.”

    If Josh and I ever dueled with a gun, I guarantee my draw would be quicker and he’d be the one meeting the Lord first. Take THAT, Mr. Tough Guy!

  78. Matt
    October 9, 2010 at 12:12 am

    What does meth have to do with this? Yeah meth-making may be a way to make quick cash and it’s popular in some rural areas but as far as i can tell Josh never mentions meth in this song.
    I personally liked “Beer On the Table” more though if i’m listening to country it’s Hank Williams III,Those Poor Bastards,Bob Wayne & the Outlaw Carnies,Webb Pierce,Rachel Brooke,Wayne “the Train” Hancock,Unknown Hinson,Johnny Cash,Hank Sr.,Dale Watson…bascially all the REAL country music there is out there.Enough of this sewage trashville tries to push on us (i.e.,taylor swift,tim mcgraw,darius rucker,toby keith,easton corbin,kenny chesney)
    But i digress.To me,this song sounds a little too much like somebody ran out of inspiration so they took the liberty of ripping a page from the Hank Jr. classic “A Country Boy Can Survive”
    Disagree if you like,but last time i checked America was a free country (maybe not much longer thanks to obama) and i’m entitled to my own opinion.

  79. Nuff
    October 11, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Ace I actually live 10 minutes down the road from where this video was recorded and one of the co-writers, David Lee Murphy is from the same town and happens to be a good family friend. My dad and him were in the same class throughout school. What I’m getting at is that I strongly agree with what you said and I feel I should know how people are and the way they think in the areas that Josh is talking about in his song being from one of those places. When he says you will meet the Good Lord and a gun if you show up not welcomed he means it. If someone is trying to get into my house or many other houses in this area and they don’t belong there they will find themselves looking down the end of a gun. By the way J.B.’s place in the video, I have been there had a good time. Classy establishment lol.

  80. Nuff
    October 11, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Stormy: This song does have a character/ characters. I’m one of them. I believe that Josh hit the nail on the head with this song. As for being a bored kid waiting to get out, not so much. We always had something to do and no not drugs as some might assume. But when the time comes some of us leave some don’t. Its the way it has always been. I have noticed though that a majority from my area, after high school, go on to work in the coal mines or other jobs in town but don’t leave or get to far away, go to college, or join the military. My dad is a coal miner and I’m in college working on a criminal justice degree and becoming a Marine Corps Officer

  81. Stormy
    October 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Of the 26 kids in my high school class, one of them is still in the same COUNTY and even she isn’t in the same town. Same goes with the 19 kids from my sister’s class.

  82. Ohteddi
    June 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

    This song sucks. Go listen to Okkervil River’s “The War Criminal Rises And Speaks ” for a song with feeling, passion, and a strong message. It may not be country but it’s more country than this crap.

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  • Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.

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