Have a Chicken Fried New Year!


I want to share a song with y’all. It’s one of the reasons I still love country music.

I love many kinds of music – no doubt. But there aren’t many other genres of music that seem to capture the phrase “life is good” quite like a good country song. (I’m sorry if you don’t like country music.)

This is one of those songs. And I thought it had some good things to reflect upon as we embark on this new year. No matter what challenges lie ahead, life is good. The music video is below. Here are some of the lyrics with commentary:

You know I like my chicken fried
Cold beer on a Friday night
A pair of jeans that fit just right
And the radio up
Well I’ve seen the sunrise
See the love in my woman’s eyes
Feel the touch of a precious child
And know a mother’s love

That’s just a simple way of saying I’m thankful for good food and drink, clothing for my body, music for my ears, the beauty of nature, the love of my wife, the miracle of children, and the bond between a parent and a child. I love it.

And my house it’s not much to talk about
But it’s filled with love that’s grown in southern ground

My house is a great home because it’s filled with love – not because it’s big, clean, paid off, in a nice neighborhood, or contains a big screen TV. It is wonderful simply because it is filled with love. How often do we hear this message in popular music anymore?

And it’s funny how it’s the simple things in life that mean the most
Not where you live, what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes
There’s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I’ve come to know
So if you agree have a drink with me
Raise your glasses for a toast

Behind all the fancy clothes, jobs, cars, titles, houses, and money (all the things that don’t really matter) we all share the same humanity. It is this notion to which we can all toast and find communion.

I thank God for my life
And for the stars and stripes
May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
Salute the ones who died
The ones that give their lives so we don`t have to sacrifice
All the things we love

This life that is good is created and held in existence by God. Thanks be to God! And I am able to most fully experience that life due to the freedoms we are privileged to enjoy in our country – freedoms that exist only by the sacrifice of others.

It’s a simple song – but I think it captures the good things in life very well.

And in addition to great lyrics, it’s also got a catchy tune, a fun beat, and top-notch musicianship. I wish you all a happy new year filled with love and shared over some good food, a cold beer and great music. And as the sun rises on this new year of our lives, let us thank God for it with each and every thing that we do.

6 comments Add comment

Kelly Garner December 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Happy and a Blessed New Year!!!

Dawn December 31, 2008 at 5:14 pm

That is a good song with a great message. Thanks for sharing.

May God bless you and all throughout this new year!


rob January 1, 2009 at 7:57 am

Happy New Year, dear Twitter friend!

Claire January 1, 2009 at 9:15 am

Both the lyrics of the song, and your clarifying comments beautifully capture the essence of what’s really important in life. Thanks for reminding us to stop and sit back, and appreciate these very simple observations. It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of today’s often self-serving world, and to lose focus on life’s true purpose. Nothing should ever be taken for granted, not God, not our health, not love or relationships, not life itself, and not the simple pleasures and comforts ….. all of these things must be fed and nurtured and protected each and every day. May 2009 see all of us strengthening our relationship with God and our loved ones, protecting the innocent, looking after one another, appreciating all of the wonderful and simple things in life, giving more than we take, and always making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Luisa from Peru January 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009!

“Let’s resolve this year to create a peaceful presence wherever we go…”
“We are called to be “missionaries of forgiveness and reconciliation…”

Christmas time continues…

I invite you to listen a special Christmas episode of my podcast “Levántate y Sal a Caminar…”

28 minutes of Christmas carols in many languages, meditations and more…

Jesus loves you.

Luisa Veyan S.
Listen it in: http://levantateysalacaminar.podomatic.com/

Andy January 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Perfect ! That really says it all to this Texan !That is one Great song ! I wish people could all think that way. Makes me wanna break out my guitar so that “things may be fine….in ’09 !”
Blessed New Year to all !

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