October 9

Hank Williams Jr.’s Signature Song in the ’80s “A Country Boy Can Survive”


Hank Williams Jr. performed one of the classic hits in the ’80s “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

Hank Williams Jr., A Country Boy Will Survive
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Randall Hank Williams professionally known as Hank Williams Jr. is one of the well-known country music artists in the 1950s up to the present. His songs were considered as Southern rock, blues, and country. He is the son of one of the country music legend Hank Williams.

Williams began his career following his father’s footsteps. He covered some of his father’s hit singles and adopted some of his father’s styles. He made a huge success in the ’80s, where he earned numerous recognition of his songs. In addition, his unique style of playing the guitar is one of the reasons why he became popular.

Today, let us look back on one of his signature songs “A Country Boy Can Survive.”

“A Country Boy Can Survive”

It was a popular classic song in the ’80s written by Hank Williams Jr. He recorded the song and it was then released in January 1982. His rendition entered into the country charts and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

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After the 9/11 tragedy happened, Williams re-wrote the track and replaced its title with “America Will Survive.” Shortly, it peaked at number 45 on the Billboard country charts.

Lyrics Breakdown

I live back in the woods, you see
My woman and the kids and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun and a rifle and a four-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive, country folks can survive

“A Country Boy Can Survive” reflects the changes that happen in the life of the Americans. It corresponded with rural concerns of the negative impact of the increasing population of the society and exalts the self-reliance of country boys.

Thus, it also shows the relationship between the narrator and a businessman. Both become good friends despite their different status in life. However, the businessman was killed by a man with a knife. Williams said that after the tragedy happened to his friend, he wanted to personally shoot the mugger. The businessman is considered a victim of the 9/11 attack.

Listen to Hank Williams Jr.’s “A Country Boy Can Survive” here:


Classic Hits, Hank Williams Jr.

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