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Steve Earle

Copperhead Road (4:30)

The title song "Copperhead Road" tells of a Vietnam War veteran, scion of a rural moonshine bootlegging clan, who returns home to Johnson County, Tennessee (Copperhead road is an actual road near Mountain City, TN). The song also inspired a popular line dance timed to the beat of the song.


Well my name's John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here

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Well my name's John Lee Pettimore
Same as my Daddy and his Daddy before
You hardly ever saw grandaddy down here
He only come to town about twice a year

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road Lyrics


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  • Loved this song since it first came out on Copperhead Road Album! C♥l♥a♥s♥s♥i♥c for sure!
  • yep, this is a classic!
  • :-)))))))) great! greetings from germany
  • some people call this song "CLASSIC"
  • It makes me want to stomp my feet! now I see why the songs of our generation are so great!
  • "I learned a thing or two from ol' Charlie, don't you know/You better stay away from Copperhead Road."
  • I stumbled onto Steve Earle with the song, "Guitar Town" and had to get the 2-disc compilation, "Ain't Never Satisfied". Letterman likes him,too! Saw him on "The Late Show" performing "Devil's Right Hand".

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