Outcast Blues
Patrick Sweany Lyrics


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Not a game you can win or lose
Live to play the southern blues
If you never had them, hope that you never will

Cuz the race I′m in can't be won
Had more troubles, I had me a lot of fun
I might get better
I know that I won′t get well

I went to Memphis, couldn't win no prize
Slepped in the car with tears in my eyes
Sunday morning drove across that river by myself

Down south, down south
Place I wanna be
Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee
I wanna spend my days oh now in that sunny land

Some say man was born to die
Southern women man born to make you cry
But I would not mistreat you for my weight in gold

Night time is the right time
To be with the one you love
I said oh the night time ya is the right time
To be with the one you love

Not a game you can win or lose




Live to play the southern blues
If you never had them, hope that you never will

Overall Meaning

The song "Outcast Blues" by Patrick Sweany is a reflection on the struggles and joys that come with playing southern blues music. The lyrics begin by acknowledging that the southern blues is not a game to be won or lost, but rather a way of life that must be lived. The singer speaks of the hardships he has faced and how he's learned to find joy in them. He has come to the realization that he may never be able to win the race he's in but it doesn't stop him from having a good time.


The song's narrator then shares his personal experience of going to Memphis to win a prize but failing and ending up sleeping in his car. Despite the hardships, he maintains his love for the southern states of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. He wants to spend his days in that sunny land and play the southern blues. The song also speaks of the pain that comes with loving a southern woman and not wanting to mistreat her for any amount of money.


Overall, "Outcast Blues" is an ode to the southern blues that captures the essence of the struggles, joys, and passion that come with it.


Line by Line Meaning

Not a game you can win or lose
Life is not a competition with clear winners or losers.


Live to play the southern blues
I am committed to playing the southern blues music for the rest of my life.


If you never had them, hope that you never will
The southern blues is not for everyone, and it can bring a lot of pain and struggle.


Cuz the race I'm in can't be won
My life's journey cannot be won or completed, it is an ongoing process.


Had more troubles, I had me a lot of fun
Despite all of the troubles I've faced, I've still managed to have a lot of fun in life.


I might get better
There is always the possibility of improvement and progress.


I know that I won't get well
But I also accept that complete healing or perfection is unachievable.


I went to Memphis, couldn't win no prize
I went to Memphis hoping for success, but it did not work out in my favor.


Slept in the car with tears in my eyes
I experienced deep emotional pain and had to sleep in my car as a result.


Sunday morning drove across that river by myself
I had to go on this journey alone, with no one to support me.


Down south, down south
I feel a strong connection and draw to southern living and culture.


Place I wanna be
The southern United States is where I feel most at home and want to spend my time.


Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee
I have a particular love for these southern states and their traditions.


I wanna spend my days oh now in that sunny land
I dream of spending my days in the warm and sunny southern states for the rest of my life.


Some say man was born to die
Many believe that life is ultimately pointless because everyone will die eventually.


Southern women man born to make you cry
Southern women have the power to captivate and move men on a deep emotional level, even if it comes with heartbreak.


But I would not mistreat you for my weight in gold
Despite the potential for heartbreak, I would never intentionally mistreat a woman for any amount of money.


Night time is the right time
The night time is the perfect time to spend with the person you love.


To be with the one you love
Being with the person you love is truly one of the most cherished and valuable experiences in life.


I said oh the night time ya is the right time
I am reinforcing my belief that night time is the best time for love and companionship.




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