You probably have already listened to our first five picks. We apologize if we were not able to include your favorite. There are many great nature-filled songs by country artists, especially about hunting and fishing, so it was tough contracting this list down to just 10. Cross your fingers that our last five includes your favorite country song about nature.
“Pass It on Down”, Alabama
“Pass It on Down” sings about the gravity of abusing the earth. Alabama calls us to help preserve nature so that it can be passed on to future generations: In one verse, they sing,
“So let’s leave some blue up above us
Let’s leave some green on the ground
It’s only ours to borrow, let’s save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down.”
“Cowboy Take Me Away”, Dixie Chicks
From the first line of “Cowboy Take Me Away“, Dixie Chicks takes us on a sensual experience of the outdoors. The nature-friendly song paints a picture of the bottomless tranquility that comes with being away from all the hustle and bustle we do every day. It leads us to the calmness of nature, fresh air, and natural surroundings.
“Cowboy take me away
Fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue
Set me free, oh, I pray
Closer to heaven above and closer to you…”
“Don’t Go Near the Water”, Johnny Cash
“Don’t Go Near the Water” is one of Cash’s timely songs. It was a statement that time, especially that the environment was a disruptive topic. It was easy to see where Cash stood on the issue. He did not veer away to give his opinions and share the weight of the issue. Simply describing the water process,
“From the fountains in the mountains
Comes the water running cool and clear and blue…”
“Don’t go near the water children
See the fish all dead upon the shore
Don’t go near the water
‘Cause the water isn’t water anymore.”
“Knee Deep”, Zac Brown
“Knee Deep”, is about laying back and having no worries. The character wants his kneed deep in the crystal blue waters. This is a great proclamation on how the ocean is one’s only medication.
“’Cause now I’m knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze blowin’ wind through my hair
Only worry in the world
Is the tide gonna reach my chair.”
“I Saw God Today”, George Strait
“I Saw God Today”, Strait’s top hit from his Troubadour record direct us to the wonders happening all around us every single day. The song defines a man’s divine awakening as his daughter is born, and he begins to see the loveliness of the world right in front of him.
“Saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk
Pushing up through the concrete
Like it was planted right there for me to see.”
Strait also describes the sunset in another part of the song as a splash of amber melted into shades of red. We often to miss all these little touches of beauty in our busy lives, but Strait retells us to have a break and look around. For there is beauty in nature, from sunsets to newborn babies.
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