Song of the Day #2,690: ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_wheelhouseBrad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse was a rare miss for the artist (and best remembered for the laughably ill-advised track ‘Accidental Racist’) but opening cut and lead-off single ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ is a keeper.

The track’s theme epitomizes Paisley’s appeal as a bona fide country star whose creative purview extends well past Nashville.

Paisley is married to a Hollywood actress, plays guitar like Clapton and often interrupts his country albums with instrumental jazz-band side trips. He writes about Manhattan dinner parties and monster truck rallies.

On an unrelated note, I love how the official video for this song (embedded below) starts off with Paisley playing acoustic guitar over a rhythm section provided by a tractor engine.

Verse 1]
When your wheelhouse is the land of cotton
The first time you leave it can be strange, it can be shocking
Not everybody drives a truck, not everybody drinks sweet tea
Not everybody owns a gun, wears a ball cap, boots, and jeans
Not everybody goes to church, or watches every NASCAR race
Not everybody knows the words to “Ring Of Fire” or “Amazing Grace”

[Chorus]
Oh, Dixie Land
I hope you understand
When I miss my Tennessee home
And I’ve been away way too long
I can’t see this world unless I go
Outside my southern comfort zone

[Verse 2]
I have walked the streets of Rome, I have been to foreign lands
I know what it’s like to talk and have nobody understand
I have seen the Eiffel Tower lit up on a Paris night
I have kissed a West Coast girl underneath the Northern Lights
I know what it’s like to be the only one like me
To take a good hard look around and be a minority

[Chorus]
And I miss my Tennessee home
I can see the ways that I’ve grown
I can’t see this world unless I go
Outside my southern comfort zone

[Bridge]
I miss your biscuits and your gravy
Fireflies dancing in the night
You have fed me, you have saved me
Billy Graham and Martha White
I have since become a drifter
And I just can’t wait to pack
Cause I know the route I leave on
It will always bring me back

[Guitar Solo]

[Chorus]
I wish I was in Dixie Again
I miss my Tennessee Home
I’ve been away way too long
I can’t see this world unless I go
Outside my southern comfort zone

[Outro]
Look away, look away

I wish I was in Dixie, away, look away

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,690: ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Dana says:

    Cute video and the song is catchy.

  2. Amy says:

    Daniel and I were just listening to “Then” the other day and thinking about what a fine song writer Paisley is, only to have Daniel say, “can you believe this is the same guy who wrote “Accidental Racist”?” That explains, I’m sure, why I’m not familiar with any of the songs on this album! 🙂

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