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Help us build the perfect playlist of outdoors songs

December 30, 2011 at 03:09 PM

The State Journal-Register

Hunting, fishing and the great outdoors can move us to song, and we’re trying to build a playlist with your help.

Granted, most popular music deals with relationships and the inevitable heartbreak that occurs when they go wrong.

But once in awhile, a musician can be inspired to step outside convention and write about outdoors experiences.

Sure, the outdoors may just be a tangent to the real purpose of the song (recall Brad Paisley’s song that makes the romantic suggestion: “I’d like to check you for ticks.”).

There are no real guidelines, just the hope that hunting, fishing, nature and the great outdoors play an important role in the song.

We’ll publish the results. Here are a few songs jumpstart the process:


Fred Bear

Ted Nugent may be the Motor City Madman, but he also is a fierce advocate for hunting and hunters’ rights.

His ode to the modern bow-hunting pioneer Fred Bear, who died in 1988, is at home on any outdoors playlist.

“The spirit of the woods is like an old good friend. It made me feel warm and good inside.

I knew his name and it was good to see him again. Because in the wind, he’s still alive.

Oh Fred Bear walk with me down the trails again. Take me back. Back, where I belong.

Oh Fred Bear, I’m glad to have you at my side my friend. And I’ll join you in the big hunt before too long.”

Nugent’s line about the legendary bowhunter’s lasting influence is well known to hunters.

“He will guide our steps. He’ll guide our arrows home.”



I’m Gonna Miss Her



Louisiana Man


Doug Kershaw wrote this song about growing up in Louisiana and made it his signature.

It’s been covered many times including a version by Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds.

“Got fishing lines hanging on the Louisiana River.

Gotta catch a big fish for us to eat.

Setting traps in the swamps, catching anything he can.

Gotta make a living he’s a Louisiana man.”



The Hunter’s Wife

There’s always more than one side to any story. Here’s the hunting season widow’s lament by Pistol Annies, the all-girl super group featuring Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.

“He’s got 17 coon dogs out in the pen

Ten 11- point bucks hangin’ in his den?

If he ain’t a-huntin’ he’s a-watching a show?

There’s things about huntin’ that he don’t know”?

It’s a problem with no good answer.

“I’m sick of squirrel gravy and I’m sick of coon stew.”

And things don’t get better.

“I can’t figure no way out. It’s like I’m married to a shotgun carrying,?tobacco chewing, no-good blue tick hound.”?


Bob Away My Blues

For those who wonder why anyone would go fishing, here’s the explanation from Clint Black.

“I’m going down to the river. I’ve got a cane pole in my hand.

I’ve got red worms in a Maxwell House coffee can.

I’m gonna sit under a shade tree on a river bank where it’s cool

I’m gonna to close my eyes and dream and let that cork bob away my blues.”




Craig Campbell’s recent hit about a girl who can’t get enough fishing.”

“That girl sure loves to fish.”




Singer-songwriter John Hiatt populates his songs with colorful characters.

He once wrote a song about a couple that shot up an automatic teller machine for laundry money.

“Took the money for the laundry and drove away clean, Yeah they drove away clean.”

Writing about far-away love Ethylene, Hiatt muses about her hunting and fishing prowess and how much he misses her.

“Ethylene, my ethylene. My love for you is just obscene.

My deer you dress, my fish you clean.

But you are nowhere to be seen, my Ethylene.”

If that’s not enough of a testimonial, Hiatt continues on.

“You could bag your limit with a bow and arrow. You could skin a cougar in the dark.”

My Dog and Me

Here’s another Hiatt song, this time penned about his faithful companion.

“She marked our trial up the backbone ridge. How many times can one dog pee?”

All dog owners have been there. But there’s much more to the relationship.

“She gives me that look like she’d lay down her life.

No doubt she would in a minute, man.

She’d face the bullet. Oh she’d face the knife, just to keep my butt from the frying pan.

It’s a different world I see, when it’s just my dog and me.”



A Country Boy Can Survive

“We can skin a buck and run a trot line, and a country boy can survive.”


Take advantage of every moment outside in 2012.

Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” covered famously by Counting Crows, reminds us not to take it all for granted.

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Chris Young can be reached at (217) 788-1528.

Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

It’s more recent than “a classic”, but Brad Paisley’s “Camoflauge” surely fit’s.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/30 at 05:35 PM

Josh Tuners Backwoodsboy is a good one. Where ya think I got my user name from??  lol

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/30 at 06:02 PM

Tracy Byrd- Mossy Oak song

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/30 at 09:33 PM

Second Week of Deer Camp.
by Da Yoopers.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/31 at 02:54 PM

Tyler Farr- Its a hunting thang

The brother hood album Michael Waddel bone collectors,  All hunting and fishing songs

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/31 at 03:04 PM

30 point buck???  LOL….ok maybe not. For the fishermen out there,how bout The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Fishin’ In The Dark

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/31 at 03:12 PM

“The Eagle and the Hawk”, John Denver. Focus is on the will of wildlife to be free.
“Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”, Gordon Lightfoot. Focus is on the power of nature.
“Before the Deluge”, Jackson Browne. Focus is on the perils of mankind’s suicide by nuclear war.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/31 at 09:39 PM

Elvin Bishop- Fishin (on Sunday)
or how about Taj Majal’s The Fishing Song?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/31 at 10:57 PM

‘fly eagle fly’ by the marshall tucker band: on their ‘A New Life’ album. may bring a tear to your eye

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 12:12 AM

sammy kershaw’s ‘beer bait and ammo’ everyone on this site has been probably been there or wish they had!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/01 at 12:17 AM

Drinking Beer and Wasting Bullets- Luke Bryan, That’s what They’re biting on- Tyler Farr

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/04 at 11:37 AM

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