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The Songs

By on November 1, 2008
RoadKing Mag

Over the last decade, no one has better represented the working man on the radio than Trace Adkins. Here’s just a sampling of his lyrics:
I grew up on a working man’s wage
Blood, sweat and tears on every dollar he made
For the little he earned there was so much he gave
And I hope I am worthy of a working man’s wage
— “Working Man’s Wage,” 1999
This gettin up early, pulling double shifts,
Gonna make an old man of me long before I ever get rich.
But I’m tryin
— “I’m Tryin’,” 2001
She’s got her leg up high on the bumper of my big black Mack truck
With a smoke stack pointed towards the sky
And mud flaps, you know the kind
— “Chrome,” 2003
Cold beer, hot wings
Wranglers, Skoal ring
Get just what you see
Gun rack, ball cap
Don’t take no crap
Ain’t a pretty boy-toy
I’ll rock you steady
Rough and ready
—   “Rough and Ready,” 2004
 He said, “I’m sorry but I’ve never been crazy
’bout that twang and trains and hillbilly thing
What ever made you want to sing stuff like that?”
I just looked at him and laughed and said
Cause it’s songs about me
— “Songs About Me,” 2005
Back across the Appalachians
Blowing into Louisville
Love to feel the big wheels turning
Always have and always will
— “Ride,” 2006

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