Recommendation III: Mark Chesnutt

Finally…I have a little time to do a third one. I’ve had such a busy (and stressful) week, and I tried to post earlier, but Blogger’s site was down. While I should be doing other things right now (college stuff), I needed to make a new entry because I didn’t want to lose my audience because I wasn’t posting anything new on here lol.

My third recommendation is: Mark Chesnutt’s “The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man” from his 2004 Savin’ the Honky Tonk album. Mark is the most underrated man on country radio I think (as Patty Loveless is the most underrated for the females), and this whole album is just INCREDIBLE. One of my favorite albums of all time! If you love honky-tonk songs with lots of steel guitar and fiddle that you can dance to and shuffle along with, this is the album to get. Mark’s voice sounds so good and it’s at its finest on this album. I can’t say enough good things about this album!

This song, “The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man” has a pretty controversial topic with its lyrics. I remember hearing it for the first time back in Arizona while driving and I was so excited to hear new Mark music, and even more that it was so country and sounded so catchy and reminded me of his older music with all that twang on it. I don’t drink at all, but I do love listening to some drinkin’ songs because they’re usually fun and have catchy hooks in them. I think this song is possibly my most favorite drinking song of them all…maybe.

Going back to the lyrics, and associating God with drinking, I don’t think God loves the act of excessive drinking, which the lyrics seem to say He does, but I remember reading an interview where Mark says that the song is not blasphemous and that the Lord loves everybody. While I do love Mark and I think the writer of the song, Kevin Fowler is pretty cool (he wrote two songs on this album – the other being “Beer, Bait, & Ammo”), I don’t know what to think about the lyrics, but I do know that I do love listening to it and singing along with it. I think it’s just supposed to a fun song, celebrating drinking, and saying that God doesn’t hate you for doing it, but my little issue with it is that there are a lot of people who have problems with alcohol, so an encouragement like this is probably not needed (I could say that about a lot of songs though). Or maybe the character in the song is drunk and is trying to reason or find a good explanation for his actions? haha. I don’t know…complicated issue! I do love the song A LOT though: it does help that it’s drenched in steel guitar – my favorite instrument!

So if you don’t want to over-analyze lyrics and just enjoy great traditional hard-core honky tonk country music, buy this song (and/or definitely the whole album!) and you won’t be disappointed. I am aware that it was a radio single and that I like to do non-radio stuff, but I thought this would be the best song choice for this album for me to review, especially with it being my most favorite from the GREAT album and the controversial lyrics ;) (and it was not a big hit either) .
Thanks for reading!

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Here are the lyrics to “The Lord Loves the Drinkin’ Man”, written by Kevin Fowler:

The Lord loves the drinking man.
He sent honky-tonk angels to the Promised Land,
I hear that He can turn water to wine.
Any man that can do that, oh he’s good friend of mine.
I’ve been baptized in beer, I’m here to testify,
I was speaking’ in tongues when I came home last night.
Some folks say I’m living in sin,
But I know the Lord loves the drinking man.

Well, the preacher man, he told me: “Boy, you ain’t no good.
“The Devil’s gonna getcha, best start acting’ like you should.
“Oh, the cold beer and bright lights, the staying’ out all night:
“Good Book, it tells me, boy, your soul’s gonna burn.
“Mama said: “Son, you’re heading down the wrong road.
“They don’t let honky-tonkers up in Heaven, I’ve been told.
Don’t you worry, Mama, I’ll see you up in Heaven.
I’ve been thinking ’bout it and I’ve come to this conclusion, now:

The Lord loves the drinking man.
He sent honky-tonk angels to the Promised Land,
I hear that He can turn water to wine.
Any man that can do that, oh he’s good friend of mine.
I’ve been baptized in beer, I’m here to testify,
I was speaking’ in tongues when I came home last night.
Some folks say I’m living in sin,
But I know the Lord loves the drinking man.

Well, my Daddy said: “Son you’re living your life all wrong.
“Lighting’s gonna strike you down before too long.
“The Man upstairs, He don’t like what you do.
“When you reach those Pearly Gates, you ain’t getting through.
Well, I’ve been thinking, got a brand new plan:
I’m gonna start a little church down at the Stumble Inn.
Yeah, that’s right, I’m gonna start my own religion,
We’ll be drinking and dancing at the church of Hank Williams, yeah.

The Lord loves the drinking man.
He sent honky-tonk angels to the Promised Land,
I hear that He can turn water to wine.
Any man that can do that, oh, he’s good friend of mine.
I’ve been baptized in beer, I’m here to testify,
I was speaking in tongues when I came home last night.
Some folks say I’m living in sin,
But I know the Lord loves the drinking man.
Yeah, he does.

The Lord loves the drinking man.
He sent honky-tonk angels to the Promised Land,
I hear that He can turn water to wine.
Well, any man that can do that, oh, he’s good friend of mine.
I’ve been baptized in beer, I’m here to testify,
I was speaking in tongues when I came home last night.
Some folks say I’m living in sin,
But I know the Lord loves…
I hope he does:
The Lord loves the drinking man.

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http://www.markchesnutt.com/

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2 Comments

  1. A great song from a great album. I like the second single even more, “A Hard Secret to Keep.” Can’t wait to read the next post!

  2. That would have been a great song to review as well! It’s not often that songs like this where the man talks full well about his cheating with another woman are released to radio, or are even recorded! Mark puts so much into that song and makes it believable.

    There’s so many great songs from this album, it’s a must-buy for anyone who doesn’t have it!

    I’ve been really really busy this week with lots and lots of reading to do, papers to finish, one final on Friday, a video project… so my next post may be a while! Thanks for reading though!


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