What I like about country songs is that it gives a picture of reality. It indeed tells a story of life and experiences. Not only that but the lyrics and words are more interesting because it is patched with a soothing melody. That alone can pierce us, and it will lead to realization. With this, it is merely more than the fact that we are attached and so will give us lessons.
A perfect example of a country with an excellent story is the song “Rake and Ramblin’ Man” by the “Gentle Giant” Don Williams. Listen and read through the lyrics for it will teach you a lesson of a person changing his path towards life.
First of all, “rake” and “ramblin’” man simply means a “man” with a robust kinship for women but is too much of a restless soul to settle down, to change. With this, he often breaks hearts of the women he is with. But, he also breaks his own heart.
A Bit ‘Bout The Song…
Bob McDill wrote the song and was primarily recorded by Williams. Williams recorded most of McDill’s compositions. It is said that Williams’ was McDill’s favorite country artist.
Furthermore, “Rake and Ramblin’ Man” was released in July 1978. In addition, it was Williams’ third single from his album “Country Boy”. The song became No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.
“Rake and Ramblin’ Man” is describing a man changing his life. As mentioned above, the title alone means a man doesn’t like to settle down and often breaks hearts. Also, a man who’s free as an eagle and who’s easy go lucky.
As the lyrics continue, the man impregnates a woman, and he’s in love. Something’s bothering the man; he’s afraid coz’ he’s a rake and ramblin’ man. The man proposed, and the woman accepted. This alone can be a testimony… the man has changed. Then he found a job and started working to support her soon-to-be-wife and child. Lastly, it can be realized that the man is delighted for he will be a father soon.
I ran into an old friend of mine the other day.
We hadn’t seen each other for quite a while.
What he had to say to me hit me pretty hard, because I think a lot of folks get started this way.
I thought it would be so easy, another one night stand.
She seemed so warm and willin’, right in the palm of my hand.
Now it’s three months ago last Wednesday since I woke up in her bed.
Lord, I think I love her, but it scares me half to death.
‘Cause you know I’m a rake and a ramblin’ man
Free as an eagle flies
Well, look at me now and tell me true:
Do I look like a daddy to you? Oh, do I look like a daddy to you?
Now she’s feelin’ sick in the mornin’s; She can’t get into her jeans.
I spent my last ten dollars, bought her a second-hand ring.
I start to work next Monday ’cause I just can’t let her down.
I’ve had me some good times, but it’s all changin’ now.
You know I’m a rake and a ramblin’ man,
Free as an eagle flies.
This is one of the many proofs of Don Williams’ great choice of music. With his outstanding voice, a song is not only a music to the ears but also a story to give a lesson.
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