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John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

The time when Keith Urban first performed “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” he wasn’t  sure if he would remembered all the lyrics right.  That was back on February 25, 2015, at the Ryman Auditorium during Country Radio Seminar.   No one from the audience recognize that it was his first time to sing the song in front of a crowd. Everybody thought that it was pretty good!

The teenage struggle song

Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne penned “John Cougar.” They designed a rootsy track built around acoustic guitar patterns. The lyrics of the song relate to the songwriters’ experience as growing kids. They all came from small-town places where they didn’t have a lot but “it seemed like we had a lot because we had all we needed.”  The spinning wheel of becoming a teenager is the center of this song. It symbolized the struggle faced by teens to find their own identity. Keith Urban, upon reading the title, was immediately intrigued. He ended up liking and recording the song.

I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden, never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open, on the boulevard of broken dreams
And I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

John Cougar

Urban wholeheartedly admitted that it was Mellencamp’s music that helped make him feel familiar with America. John J Mellencamp, also known as Johnny CougarJohn Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, painter, and actor. He is known for highlighting catchy, populist brand of heartland rock. which He is one of the known artist who strongly support traditional instrumentation.

Here’s the song that was crafted by three songsmiths and sung by a certified country artist.

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