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The Take a Back Road Songfacts reports that co-writer Rhett Akins came up with the song's title after hearing a friend say that listening to a Hank Williams, Jr. album made him, "want to ride a dirt road right now." He and the other songwriter, Luke Laird, changed the line to "take a back road" and gave it a rap-style phrasing.

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Sittin' in six lane backed up traffic
Horns a honkin', I've about had it I'm lookin' for an exit sign
Gotta get outta here, get it all off my…

Rodney Atkins - Take a Back Road Lyrics


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