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Copperhead Road
by Steve Earle

Well my name's John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only come to town about twice a year

He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
Headed up the holler with everything he had
'Fore my time but I've been told
He never come back from Copperhead Road

Now Daddy ran whiskey in a big block Dodge
Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside

Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin' sound
When the Sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin', knew something wasn't right
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first, 'round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Columbia and Mexico
I just plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road
And now the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I'm back over there
I learned a thing or two from Charlie don't you know
You'd better stay away from Copperhead Road

Copperhead Road
Copperhead Road
Copperhead Road

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Steve Earle

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Tyler Basho Brandon

I was curious so I just did the math and 100 pounds of yeast is enough to make 6500 gallons of Mash. Went to Town twice a year so 13,000. After Distilling the mash, that's about 4,000 gallons of alcohol. Moonshine season Runs about 26 weeks. That'd be running about 153 gallons a week. 3 to keep, 150 to bootleg. Sounds like He knew his stuff when he wrote this.

Smooth Crunchy

John Lee Pettimore knows his shit

warren king

He didn't one of his ancesters did.

Kilo Mike

I was told there would be no math when I signed up for YouTube. 😂

Vicki Mingus

I've seen stills


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Very true there

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Right on.


This song has played at every wedding, party, etc. I've ever been to. I've never been sober enough to learn the dance.

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