No matter the subject, Eric Church will tell it how it is, and phrase it so well that it’s hard to argue against. He’s not afraid to mix it up, and even get a little controversial, always in the name of truth.
This isn’t just in statements around the political or social landscape, but right in the middle of his songs as well.
Fresh off the announcement of his upcoming 2021 area tour, The Gather Again Tour, let’s take a look at five of Eric’s boldest lyrical statements.
“Before She Does”
This whole song is pretty much a list of things he believes in, and while some are pretty straight forward (“I believe that dogs are better than cats” like duh) he certainly puts his true thoughts out there as well…
“I believe in love; I believe in peace But I don’t believe we’ll ever see it In that Middle East”
“The taxman and the Devil share the same address”
“There’s absolutely, positively No doubt in my mind That OJ did it; Lee Harvey didn’t”
“Love Your Love The Most”
Not exactly a bold take here, but certainly one worth mentioning. I remember hearing this for the first time and being appalled. Fries are made for ketchup! But I gave it a try and I’m now a converted man…
“(I love) mustard on my fries”
“Stick That In Your Country Song”
This whole song is a statement to the fluffy subjects of most modern country songs. Sing about something real is the takeaway from this one, and woah boy does it kick like a fucking mule…
“Take me on up to Detroit city Jails are full, the factories empty Mommas crying, young boys dying Under that red white and blue still flying.”
“Drop me off in Baltimore Where every other window’s got a plywood board Where dreams become drugs and guns The only way out is to shoot or run.”
“Gimme one about the teacher who’s Trying to change a life or two She’ll be rocking out all night with you Tomorrow she’ll back in a red brick school Where kids are climbing off the walls It’s scary walking down the halls She’s underpaid, she’s overworked Come on man, shout one out to her.”
“Get ups, Gimics One hit wonders that don’t stick Pretty boys actin’ tough Boy bands, give it up And if it looks good on TV It’ll look good on a CD Shape it up, trim it down Who gives a damn about how it sounds?”
“You say you’re the real deal But you play what, nobody feels You sing about Johnny Cash The man in black would have whipped your ass!”
“That’s Damn Rock and Roll”
Going after the establishment? Check. Calling out the typical rockstar checklist? Yep. Putting it together in a hell of a rock song? You betcha. He really lays it out there with this one, which happens to be the song that made me understand Eric Church, who he is as an artist.
A true carrier of the Country Music rebel label.
“It ain’t a needle in a vein It ain’t backstage sex It ain’t lines of cocaine on a private jet It ain’t havin’ a posse full of hangers on following you around It ain’t long hair, tattoos, playin’ too loud, (No)
It ain’t a middle finger on a t-shirt, the establishments tryin’ to sell It’s a guy with the balls who told the establishment to go to hell It ain’t about the money you make, when a record gets sold It’s about doin’ it for nothin’, ’cause it lives in your soul
it’s a rock through a window It’s a ride in the street It’s a rebel revolution It’s fightin’ for peace Burn baby burn It’s a brick in the wall It’s the first one to stand And the last one to fall It’s a hip shaking devil on the stage in Tupelo It’s doing what ya want instead of doin’ what your told It’s a preacher burnin records telling folks they oughta pray ‘Cause the shepherd bought a Gibson and lead the flock astray”