Country Revival
Slim Dusty Lyrics


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They say, "Our music's having a revival."
They say, "That country's on the climb;"
But I say, "What the hell are they talkin' about,
The country has been here all the time."

There's a lot more people now admitting
They like country music after all
Now there's dollar signs along side country music
It's cowboy boots and hats for one and all.

They say that country's middle of the road now
They say they've had enough of all this noise
I suppose the music wheel has turned full circle
Our ballads and our stories now enjoyed.

They say, "Our music's having a revival."
They say, "That country's on the climb;"
But I say, "What the hell are they talkin' about,
The country has been here all the time."

When rock 'n' roll came out and just took over,
A lot of music just went underground,
Then somehow rock got tangled up with country,
'Cause country music added to the sound.

Oh they're singing songs they've only just discovered,
Just hear them talk about their brand new sounds,
But there's nothing new about the songs we're singing,
It's just that country music's come to town.

They say, "Our music's having a revival."
They say, "That country's on the climb."
But I say, "What the hell are they talking about




The country has been here all the time, sure it has
The country has been here all the time."

Overall Meaning

In "Country Revival," Slim Dusty observes the sudden popularity of country music and the changing attitudes towards it. The song begins with the upbeat and optimistic statement that country music is experiencing a revival and that it's on the rise. However, as the song unfolds, Slim Dusty becomes more skeptical and defensive of the country music genre. He expresses disbelief that people are suddenly claiming to appreciate country music when it's been around all along. The artist seems to be lamenting that country music had to wait for other genres to achieve popularity before it could receive proper recognition.


Furthermore, Slim Dusty connects country music's success to the rise of commercialism, suggesting that the increased attention is more about money and plain trends than an appreciation of the music itself. Dollar signs have been plastered beside country music, and now cowboy boots and hats are seen everywhere as the genre becomes more fashionable. Slim Dusty then explains how music was underground when rock and roll became the leading genre. Still, rock got intertwined with country music, adding to its sound and making it trendy again.


Overall, "Country Revival" is a song about the resurgence of Country Music after years of being out of the spotlight. Slim Dusty notes that it has always been around and that people should not forget about its earlier days. The song expresses a sense of pride in the genre's roots while also raising concerns about its authenticity.


Line by Line Meaning

They say, "Our music's having a revival."
People are claiming that country music is making a comeback.


They say, "That country's on the climb;"
Some people are saying that country music is becoming more popular.


But I say, "What the hell are they talkin' about,
The singer is confused by all the talk about country music's supposed revival.


The country has been here all the time."
The singer believes that country music has always been around, and doesn't need a revival.


There's a lot more people now admitting
More people are now willing to say that they like country music.


They like country music after all
These people have realized that they actually enjoy listening to country music.


Now there's dollar signs along side country music
Country music is now a lucrative business, with a lot of money to be made.


It's cowboy boots and hats for one and all.
The image of country music is now all about cowboys and western wear.


They say that country's middle of the road now
Some people say that country music has become more mainstream.


They say they've had enough of all this noise
These people complain that other genres of music are too noisy or aggressive.


I suppose the music wheel has turned full circle
The singer thinks that music trends are cyclical, and that country music is back in style again.


Our ballads and our stories now enjoyed.
People are starting to appreciate the storytelling aspect of country music.


When rock 'n' roll came out and just took over,
The singer is referring to the time when rock music became extremely popular.


A lot of music just went underground,
Many other types of music became less popular as rock music dominated the scene.


Then somehow rock got tangled up with country,
The two genres of music started to overlap and influence each other.


'Cause country music added to the sound.
Country music brought some of its key elements (e.g. storytelling, simple melodies) to the rock genre.


Oh they're singing songs they've only just discovered,
Other musicians are now playing songs that have been part of the country music tradition for a long time.


Just hear them talk about their brand new sounds,
These musicians act like they're doing something new, even though country music has been around for a long time.


But there's nothing new about the songs we're singing,
The singer believes that the songs that country musicians sing today are not actually new or original.


It's just that country music's come to town.
Country music is now gaining broader popularity outside of its traditional rural audience.


The country has been here all the time."
The singer repeats his message from the beginning of the song: that country music has always been around, and doesn't need a revival.




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