Song of the Day #1,129: ‘Mr. Policeman’ – Brad Paisley

‘Letter to Me’ is one of Brad Paisley’s most heartfelt songs, but 5th Gear features plenty of his trademark smart-ass tunes as well.

‘Online’ is a hilarious send-up of people who hide behind the anonymity of internet message boards (and it was accompanied by another funny video performance by Jason Alexander). ‘Ticks’ is a mischievous come-on in which the singer offers to take his date on a walk through the wildflowers so he can take her home and check her for ticks.

My favorite of the fun songs in ‘Mr. Policeman,’ in which Paisley taunts law enforcement while hot-rodding around the city.

Paisley loves to put at least one of these guitar workout songs on each album. These tracks feel like the dessert for a group of talented musicians who’ve spent a lot of time laying down well-crafted songs for the main course.

Paisley and company rip into the song with a frenzy, revving up their instruments like the muscle car he’s singing about. It’s music as metaphor, and a hell of a good time.

Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman
Bet I can drive faster than you can
Come on Hoss, let’s have some fun
Go on shoot me with yith your radar gun
You look bored and I sure am
Catch me if you can

Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman
I got a ’75 Firebird Trans Am
With a 455 up under the hood
My and my brother got it running good
Wake up behind them old Ray Bans
Catch me if you can

Go on turn on your blue lights
So pretty
You know you want to I just flew by
I can see you peeling out
How’s my dust taste in your mouth
Come on Smokey it’s time to race
Let’s have us a high-speed chase

Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman
Chopper in the air
And a couple of SWAT vans
That’s no fair now, blocking the road
Where am I supposed to go
Time to use my backup plan
Catch me if you can

Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman
I bet I can run faster than you can
With your big pot belly and your cowboy boots
A hundred bucks says you won’t shoot
I know these woods like the back of my hand
Catch me if you can

Go on turn on your spotlight
So shiny
I got running shoes and I’m younger than you
And I got all night
There’s no way you’re keeping up with me
So go on back to Krispy Kreme
If you wanna quit, I understand
Catch me if you can

Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman
Hey, hey, Mr. Policeman

I’m in the jailhouse now
I’m in the jailhouse now
They told me once or twice
Son respect my authority
I’m in the jailhouse now

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,129: ‘Mr. Policeman’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Amy says:

    It is a very fun song, but I have to admit that my age was quite apparent, as I was reading the lyrics, listening to the song, and thinking some version of “he better get what’s coming to him.” When the song ended with him in the jailhouse, I was content :)

  2. Dana says:

    Well, this probably isn’t something you would hear from Taylor Swift:)

    Definitely some accomplished playing on this track, although I have to admit that the tempo feels more like it serves the purpose of a musical challenge than something really all that pleasant for the listener. Quite frankly, after a minute or so, it just kinda makes me twitchy.

  3. Clay says:

    Believe me, it’s a great driving song!

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