Discussion: Down on the Farm

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January 29, 2009

farmSongs about the family farm are a dying breed, with wide open spaces now making way for sprawling suburbia. This shift in society is gracefully handled in Trisha Yearwood’s “Dreaming Fields,” (“And the houses they grow like weeds in a flowerbed,” she says.) and a piece of our heritage is slowly slipping away. The listening audience of country music is more multi-dimensional than ever before, and many country music fans have never experienced the rural life that’s described in many of country’s classics.

What’s your favorite country song about the farming life?

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  1. Fred SaidNo Gravatar says:

    The theme song from “Green Acres”.

  2. Mike KNo Gravatar says:

    Tulare Dust – Merle Haggard

    I’ve had similar thoughts as those expresses in the post. My grandmother grew up on a dairy farm, but I only know about that way of life through her. I wonder sometimes if my grandchildren will even know what a dairy farm is?

  3. Cory DeSteinNo Gravatar says:

    I agree, Trisha Yearwood “Dreaming Fields”

  4. JakeNo Gravatar says:

    Mine would probably have to be “Dreaming Fields” probably because it’s one of the few to not put others down if they don’t live on a farm.

    Other song mentions:
    Down On The Farm by Tim McGraw – yeah it’s just bubblegum country but it’s catchy.
    Strawberry Wine by Deanna Carter – who wouldn’t want to find love working on a farm after this hit radio.

    On a non-music note, I have grown up next to farms my whole life and while I have never been a farmer, lots of my family and neighbours have so it’s sad to see so much land being used to put up houses, luckily for me our road is still gravel and dirt, and I am covered by wheat fields.

  5. TrailerNo Gravatar says:

    Chris Knight- Broken Plow

  6. Chris D.No Gravatar says:

    You stole mine! “Dreaming Fields” is by far my favorite.

    I’ve always liked the sound of Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” though.

  7. CMWNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll say “Farmer’s Blues” by Marty Stuart and Hag, though “Tulare Dust” and “Broken Plow” (both already mentioned) are also favorites.

  8. John L.No Gravatar says:

    Farmers Blues: Marty Stuart with Merle Haggard

  9. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar says:

    Does ‘Lucille’ count as a song about farming? The guy is a farmer with ’4 hungry children and a crop in the field’.

  10. TimNo Gravatar says:

    I grew up in a rural area. I miis it and the people. I relate to the songs that speak of that lifestyle and it being taken away. Chris Knight, “This House and 90 Acres”

    Though by no means country, any discussion of the rural lifestyle disappearing and the ways that happens is not complete without Mellecamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow

    “The Dreaming Fields”, never heard it before, that is a sad song.

    This site has, and continues to broaden my horizons, musical and otherwise, thanks folks.

  11. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll probably get skewered for this, but I would say “Back Home Again” and “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”, by a man who did indeed grow up rurally, the late John Denver.

  12. BrodyNo Gravatar says:

    For the sake of not repeating anyone else’s, and because it’s a badass song, I’ll go with “All That You Need” by Joe Ely.

  13. Stephen H.No Gravatar says:

    “Cafe on the Corner” — Sawyer Brown

  14. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    “Song of the South” by Alabama, as well as a few others mentioned already, especially “Down on the Farm”

  15. ScottNo Gravatar says:

    oops..i forgot “High Cotton” by Alabama too

  16. KentNo Gravatar says:

    “Amarillo Sky” by Jason Aldean

    As Chris D. said, I like the sound of it, although that’s a huge understatement for me.

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  18. OwlerNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely “Dreaming Fields”…

    Amarillo Sky is another good one.

    Farmland being developed angers me greatly… therefore “Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm” is a good one too. (Montgomery Gentry)

  19. Anna KNo Gravatar says:

    Being a farm girl and fighting the madness that is urban sprawl, while working 18 hour days/7 days a week when were in season, while still trying to live the life of a normal 21 yr old, I’d have to say these songs make my heart swell with pride and remember why I do what I do to keep my family’s heritage alive:

    1. Amarillo Sky – Jason Aldean
    2. Tulare Dust – The Hag
    3. Dreaming Fields – Trisha Yearwood
    4. High Cotton – Alabama
    5. The American Dream – Garth (it’s short, sweet and to the point. When I see the sunrise from the cab of my tractor, I start singing the lines of this song in my head)

  20. Steve from BostonNo Gravatar says:

    Add me to the “Amarillo Sky” list…

    Also Alabama’s High Cotton and Song of the South.

    And on a lighter note, Sara Evan’s “Born To Fly”…The signature song of this real farm girl.

  21. Steve from BostonNo Gravatar says:

    Anna K, I just read your post, you should be very proud!

    God Bless the American farmer!

  22. Matt B.No Gravatar says:

    “Cafe On The Corner” is the favorite for me.

    And John Rich just released “Shuttin’ Detroit Down” on Wednesday which mentions farming….

  23. Craig R.No Gravatar says:

    I am love “Farmer’s Blues”- but my favorite is Cal Smith’s ” Country Bumpkin”

  24. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    I do agree with the posters who cited “Amarillo Sky” and “Song of the South” but the first one that comes to mind (and my favorite) is “Bidding America Goodbye” from Tanya Tucker’s What Do I Do With Me album (1991).

  25. WelchkinNo Gravatar says:

    I very rarely delurk but here goes.

    This is from a city girl born and bred, but I can put myself right there when I listen to these songs. They are so visual to me.

    The Dreaming Fields – Trisha Yearwood
    Wolves – Garth Brooks
    Cloud of Dust – Brad Paisley – from his first CD Who Needs Pictures?

    I also like Montgomery Gentry’s “Daddy Won’t Sell the Farm” which has the same “we’re gonna hang on for dear life because this is what we do” message that’s in “Cloud of Dust”, but with a lot less subtlety.

  26. JoshNo Gravatar says:

    I have to say at first, I didn’t pay much attention to this song, even though it’s brilliantly played and sung, but now that you’ve added a face to the lyrics, I must say it was certainly heart-tugging. :) Thanks for a fresh pair of ears/eyes on this one.

  27. Joe RayNo Gravatar says:

    “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “Down On The Farm” by Tim McGraw

  28. EdNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoy the comedic approach to farm songs. Particularly, I can’t help but sing along to Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” every time I hear it. It hits on many true points that I can’t help but laugh at. Its not the deepest song, but a light-hearted view on things.

    It’s been said a few times, but Jason Aldean’s “Amarillo Sky” is a great song as well

  29. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    “Cottonfields”–Creedence Clearwater Revival (and tons of others)

  30. MichaelNo Gravatar says:

    Way too many pop-county songs listed. Pop-country (Hollywood fake-folk music) is ironically part of the death of real country – life and music.

    Here’s one that comes to mind:

    Woody Guthrie: “Pastures Of Plenty”

  31. AssangesawNo Gravatar says:

    So….. where is toilet? Hehe))) Joke, relax ;)
    Thank for all
    bye bye ;))

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