"Tennessee Line" as written by Christopher A. Daughtry and Brian Craddock....
I open my lungs to breathe in forgiveness and love
Haunting me now reminders of how I used to be
And on down the road my troubles are sure to follow
Looking out the window, the hell if I know where I will go
So I'll just keep on driving

On my way to L.A. looking into the rear view as the roads fade away
I've sworn off my past, first to last bad call that I ever made
Tell me how to make right every wrong turn that I've learned
So this can all end tonight, Tennessee line just changed my mind
Well, it's my heart I'll follow this time

Who would've known that pride is so hard to swallow?
As I rest on the shoulder of a road growing colder
With the trouble I own, should I just keep on driving?

On my way to L.A. looking into the rear view as the roads fade away
I've sworn off my past, first to last bad call that I ever made
Tell me how to make right every wrong turn that I've learned
So this can all end tonight, Tennessee line just changed my mind
Well, it's my heart I'll follow this time

I know I must be doing something right
Head the other way, back to where I started out
Ask myself if I can turn it all around tonight
And stop living with doubt

On my way to L.A. looking into the rear view as the roads fade away
I've sworn off my past, first to last bad call that I ever made
Tell me how to make right every wrong turn that I've learned
So this can all end tonight, Tennessee line just changed my mind
Well, it's my heart I'll follow this time

I've sworn off my past, first to last bad call that I ever made
It's my heart I'll follow this time
I've sworn off my past, first to last bad call that I ever made
I'm gonna turn it all around tonight, turn it all around tonight
Turn it all around tonight
I'm gonna turn it all around tonight at the Tennessee line


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"Tennessee Line" as written by Christopher A. Daughtry Brian Craddock

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    Song MeaningThis song is about a man who can't decide whether to run away from the troubles of his past and start anew, or turn around to face them. He's begun to try to escape his past, but realizes that his "troubles are sure to follow". In the end he decides to stop running, "turn it all around", and stand up to the troubles of his past.
    blakemailon September 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBlakeemail is right - If you go to the Daughtry website there is a video where Chris explains that its about a guy trying to run away from his problems, so he gets in his car and goes, but then he pulls over on the shoulder of a road and wonders whether thats actually a good idea, then when he reaches the tennessee line he realises that his problems are just going to follow him and that he needs to confront them - so he turns back around.
    Sinkinrubberduckon May 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about somebody who hates who they've become, and move away to start over and become a new person
    But I could be wrong.
    AMDS789on July 29, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst you need to know that Chris Daughtry used to be a salesperson or something like that. If you look on youtube at one of the idol auditions Chris' wife is pretty well in tears about how music is Chris' dream.

    This could be about Daughtry's road to where he is today. " Looking the rear view " meaning where he is coming from.
    " Sworn off my past " Quit his job as a sales person to pursue his dream.
    " first to last call i've ever made " Tossing up whether it is the right decision or not
    " Tell me how to make right every wrong turn that I've learned " Learning from mistakes and looking for inspiration.
    " The Tennessee Line " is the road he has to walk to reach his dreams.
    " It's my heart i will follow this time " He is going for it, following his dreams, following his heart to feel complete in the end.

    " Ask myself if I can turn it all around tonight, and stop living with doubt " He is sort of living with fear he will fail. Thinking that he himself can make his dreams come true and have faith in himself.
    KenAussieon August 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite line is 'Who would've known that pride was so hard to swallow?'
    LoveIsTheAnswer2on June 25, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think this so is about a guy who wants to forget his past and start over because the person he loves can't stand it and might back out of the relationship, and he doesn't want that to happpen so he " sworn off my past; first and last call i ever made. tell me have to make right ever wrong turn that i've learned so this can all end tonight, the tennessee line just change my mind well its my heart our follow this time." GREAT SONG!!!!
    harryjpotteron August 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLove this song! Just a wonderful melody. And a wonderful song about forgiveness and love!
    HELENzon September 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI have a (more than a) friend who lives in Tennessee, and this song to me represents the day that I finally cross the Tennessee line to go see her again.
    Thefallofthehereticon September 23, 2010   Link

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