Steve Earle: Copperhead Road Meaning
Song Released: 1988
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Copperhead Road Lyrics
A well written song about the hypocrisy of the system and the law. This family played by the same rules without the law to back then up. There will always be an element that wants to fight back. That's why this song is so popular. Steve Earle is an excellent song writer.
This song tells the story of a redneck who grew up in a family of moonshiners and bootleggers. His father and his grandfather both ran a still and made liquor illegally in the woods near Copperhead Road. Family lore says that his grandfather killed and disposed of a government agent who tried to arrest him.
In his own way, the narrator is carrying on the family tradition- but instead of making whiskey, he's growing marijuana in the woods where his daddy made moonshine. The narrator is an Army veteran who learned from the Viet Cong how to make deadly booby traps. So, any police who try to bust him may end up dead, just like the revenue agent who was tied to arrest his grandpa.
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