Slipping and sliding,
and playing domino.
Lefting and then righting,
is not a crime you know.
You gotta tell your story,
before its time to go.

Are you ready for the country,
because it's time to go
Are you ready for the country,
because its time to go

I was talking to the preacher.
Said God was on my side.
And then I ran into the hang man,
he said it's time to die.
You gotta tell your story boy.
You knew the reason why.

Are you ready for the country,
because it's time to go?
Are you ready for the country,
because it's time to go?


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Are You Ready for The Country? song meanings
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    General CommentOn the country show Nashville Now in 1984 Neil explained to the host Ralph Emery that he originally got the idea of this song from looking at the picture of Uncle Sam. He imagined the Uncle Sam poster with it's finger pointed out at us and saying "Are you ready for the country? Because it's time to go" I assume he was talking about the Vietnam war seeing as he wrote it in the early 1970's.
    danger birdon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA guy just got drafted (VietNam). The "country" (government) is saying, "Are you ready, 'cause it's time to go." Guy is desperately looking for answers - talks to the Preacher (who says his thing about God); talks to the Hangman (who gives his line). Anti-war song.
    ma_namasteon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the subject of this song is suffering from sort of crunch time dilemma. It's like he about to die or commit to something that is utter and total. In a way, it must be a song about a man being told that his story may matter to future generations and he has to tell it before the Angel of Death strikes.
    OpinionHeadon February 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA guy just got drafted (VietNam). The "country" (government) is saying, "Are you ready, 'cause it's time to go." Guy is desperately looking for answers - talks to the Preacher (who says his thing about God); talks to the Hangman (who gives his line). Anti-war song.
    ma_namasteon August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely agree with ma namaste. It's an anti-war thing. Country is refering to the U.S., not country as in urban vs. rural
    TheThornBirdson February 11, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationOne feeling that I get from this song is to not procrastinate. This stems from the line "You gotta tell your story before it's time to go."
    x123321xon May 02, 2011   Link

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