Re: Heroic Moonshine

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Karen’s post, along with the recent discussion of anti-statist song lyrics, reminded me of these lines from “Rocky Top,” the bluegrass classic and unofficial fight song of the University of Tennessee:

Once two strangers climbed ol’ Rocky Top,
lookin’ for a moonshine still;
Strangers ain’t come down from Rocky Top;
Reckon they never will.

4:16 pm on October 20, 2003

Re: Heroic Moonshine

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M.A. writes: In reference to your recent LRC blog post about moonshine and anti-state song lyrics. You neglected to mention the best example of the genre, Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”.

Well my name’s John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only came to town about twice a year
He’d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
It’s before my time but I’ve been told
He never came back from Copperhead Road

Rest of the lyrics here

1:50 pm on October 21, 2003
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