The preacher man says its the end of time
and the Mississippi River she's a going dry.
The interest is up and the stock markets down
and you only get mugged if you go downtown.
I live back in the woods you see,
my woman,and the kids and the dogs and me.
I got a shotgun and a rifle and a four wheel drive
and a country boy can survive. Country folks can survive.

I can plow a field all day long,
I can catch catfish from dusk til dawn.
Make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
ain't too many things these ole boys can't do.
We grow good old tomatoes and homemade wine
and a country boy can survive, country folks can survive.

Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run,
cause we're them ole boys raised on shotguns.
We say grace and we say ma'am
and if you ain't into that we don't give a damn.
We came from the West Virginia coal mines
and the Rocky Mountains and the Western skies
and we can skin a buck, we can run a trot line
and a country boy can survive, country folks can survive.

I had a good friend in New York City
he never called me by my name just hillbilly.
My Grandpa taught me how to live off the land
and his taught him to be a business man
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway Nights
and i would send him some homemade wine
but he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife,
for forty three dollars my friend lost his life.
I'd love to spit some Beechnut in that dudes eyes
and shoot him with my ole forty-five
cause a country boy can survive, country folks can survive.

'Cause you can't starve us out and you can't make us run,
cause we're them ole boys raised on shotgun.
We say grace, we say ma'am,
if you ain't into that we don't give a damn.
We're from North California and South Alabam'
and little towns all around this land.
We can skin a buck, and run a trot line
and a country boy can survive,

country folks can survive
a country boy can survive
country folks can survive

Lyrics submitted by Charlie the man, edited by BrunoP, uzushio2047

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  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely another classic redneck anthem. This is just perfect in delivery and instrumentation. It has a very ominous tone toward the evil that infests the city. No wonder there is little crime in the rural muncipalities.
    OpinionHeadon January 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song just kicks ass, even if your not a country music fan like me, this song rules!!
    bill1985on December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"the only flaw being that it was made back in the days when ol Bocephus was kinda racist"

    DreamMetallica2112, what the hell are you talking about???
    bulldog76on December 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is total kickass song. check out his son Hank Williams III or just Hank III. hes pretty damn good too
    rockinbilly3on August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know the line
    "for 43 dollars my friend lost his life"
    Did Hank jr. really lose a friend this way and what was that friends name
    NeurofibromatosisCountryon July 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, they lyrics are WRONG. It's "you can't starve us out", not "stomp". You can't stomp us out either, but that's another discussion. Also, it's "TROT" line, not "Trout" line. Any country boy can tell you that you DON'T CATCH TROUT ON A TROT LINE, that's how you catch catfish, etc. A trot line is kind of like jug hooks, but just a whole lot of them on the single line.

    The basic point the song is that if push comes to shove, country people can actually eat without the aid of a grocery store. We might go hungry for a while, but we will not starve, unlike city folks. All I need to do is take my shotgun or fishing pole (every southern boy had one and knows how to use it) and kill a few birds, fish or squirrels. Take their meat and innards and bait a few jug hooks or a multihook trot line, drop it in a lake/river at night and haul in the catch in the morning. Magically a couple of catbirds and squirrel turn into (4) 15 lb flathead catfish. We all have rifles and can "shine" deer if we need to eat. We could have 50+ lbs of extremely fine deer meat with a couple of nights at the most while the urban dwellers will be fighting over LAYS POTATO CHIP leftovers at the burned out stores.

    FootballFan1999on September 05, 2010   Link
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    My Opinionmy favorite lyric is "Yea,id love to spit some beechnut in that dude`s eye" (& shoot `im with my ole 45) xD lmaoo..
    th3xRid3x0fxY0urxLif3on October 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a awsome song, i listen to it when i go hunting with my dad!!! Its the best.
    SoUtHeRnChK_KKKon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of my several of my friends and family members. It deffinately captures the southern culture that I grew up with. Hank Jr. said it perfect...and it's all true around here =)
    tree*huggin*in*kyon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song ranks in my top 3 all time favorites. I can't really place a number beside the 3, but I love this tune. It was this tune that got me into Bocephus.
    givemebeeron December 28, 2005   Link

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