Clear creeks and cool mountain mornings
Honest work out in the field
Corn bread in my mama’s kitchen
Daddy saying grace before the meal
Family ties run deep in this land
And I’m never very far from what I am
Moonlight and you here beside me
Crickets serenading in the yard
What more could two people ask for
Laying here in love beneath the stars
Now this is where I wanna raise my kids
Just the way my mom and daddy did
I was born country, and that’s what I’ll always be
Like the rivers and the woodlands, wild and free
I got a hundred years of down home running through my blood
I was born country, and this country’s what I love…
Indeed, folks, we are all born country! Who doesn’t agree?
From the lyrics of this Alabama hit alone, it’s just very refreshing to remember every single memory growing up in the country.
Majestic mountains. Clear rivers. Colorful flowers. Cool Breeze. And the green, green grass all over.
These are just some of the things that I just miss growing up as a country boy. The memories of me as a child are still very clear in my mind. Playful, young, and naive, I spent my days frolicking around the fields. Going to the garden and helping my mom out were just two of my favorite activities before. It was then that I learned the importance and essence of nature.
Growing up, my mom would always teach me to respect the environment as it is our home. Without it, we will not live peacefully and harmoniously. My dad, on the other hand, used to expose me to the farm with all the animals there. He taught me to tend the goats, feed the chickens, and pasture the cows. Well, yeah, I’ve been there and done all of that.
Being in a family that was raised in the countryside, I can say that it taught us one thing — SIMPLICITY. Simplicity in life. And that’s really what life is all about. We just enjoy every moment, feel the simplicity of what life is.
Now that I am in the city, it just gives me the feeling of longing, the feeling of nostalgia and melancholy. I wish that I could go back to my life before and feel the happiness brought by living in the country.
Yes, I was born country… and that’s what I’ll always be…
“Born Country”: Proud to be from the Country
Penned by Byron Hill and John Schweers, “Born Country” was first recorded by American country music band Alabama. Released in December 1991, it was the second and final single on their compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. II.
In addition, it reached no. 1 on the Radio & Records chart in March 1992. Also, it peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
The song is a mid-tempo in which the narrator expresses his pride for the country.
The single was one of three new tracks on Alabama’s Greatest Hits Vol. II album (the other two being “Then Again” and “Hats Off”). It was released in 1992 by RCA Records. To note, the song won an ASCAP Award for being among the most performed country songs of 1992.
The song was also recorded and released in April 1991, with an accompanying video by Ian Eaton & Battle River, of Saskatchewan, Canada.