Song of the Day #5,062: ‘Bigger Fish to Fry’ – Brad Paisley

This track is from Brad Paisley’s fifth studio album (not including a Christmas release), appropriately titled 5th Gear. The 2007 release kept up Paisley’s pattern of good-humored romps blended with more thoughtful tracks.

For my money, this album represents a bit of a lull between Paisley’s three best records — Mud On the Tires and Time Well Wasted on the early end, and American Saturday Night as the follow-up.

‘Bigger Fish to Fry’ is one of the goofier tracks, built around a silly pun and playing like a series of dad jokes. Joining Paisley on the song are guest vocalists Vince Gill, Bill Anderson, and Little Jimmy Dickens (a young 79 when he recorded this, now 94), who steals the show with the tamest of dirty jokes.

[Verse 1]
I said a bad word when I was a kid
Mamma said that I’d be sorry for the sin that I did
My daddy whooped me and the preacher said shame
And I tried like hell to change

But I cuss, I smoke, I laugh at dirty jokes
The minor voices, man I know them well
I’ve closed down bars, I’ve lusted in my heart
My ex’s think I oughta burn in hell
But the devil he won’t notice when I die
Don’t you figure he’s got bigger fish to fry

[Verse 2]
Politicians taking pork barrel bribes
Crooked CEOs are getting off with no time
Christmas Eve burglars stealing good children’s toys, (can’t say Christmas)
Holiday burglars stealing good children’s toys


[Verse 3]
Yeah there’s gonna be bonfire burning
An everlasting barbecue
But with all the bad stuff going on
There ain’t gonna be room for me and you

[Verse 4]
‘Cause we cuss, we smoke, I laugh at Tater’s jokes

Tell one Jim. You know you’re old when your wife says honey
Let’s run upstairs and make love
And your answer is “I cannot do both.”

The minor voices, man we know them well
We’ve closed down bars, we’ve lusted in our hearts
Our ex’s think we ought burn in hell
But the devil he won’t notice when we die
Hey, don’t you figure he’s got bigger fish to fry

Yeah, don’t you figure he’s got bigger fish to fry
Pass the tartar sauce

When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing it will be

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,062: ‘Bigger Fish to Fry’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Cute song, with Paisley’s typically good instrumentation.

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