Did you ever connect country music lyrics with Virginia football? I hadn’t until today. When getting ready to write about this week’s debacle against UNC, I decided to stroll through one of my country music playlists. The applicability of the stories from the giants in the genre to Virginia football and the suffering of its fans is uncanny. So rather than write a column that tries to find a modicum of good news in an avalanche of tragedy, I thought I could do more for Virginia football fans by giving them a playlist that can ease their pain a little. At this point, that’s about all we have left.
I quickly discovered that the challenge with this idea is there is just too much material. Who knew that music giants Toby Keith, Jerry Jeff Walker, Travis Tritt, John Prine, etc., had Virginia football in mind when they penned their lyrics? I have over two pages of “quotable” material. I could write a thesis connecting lyrics about squandered love, too much drinking, and lost dogs to Virginia football. This is a marriage made in heaven…or “Something Like That” – Tim McGraw
Let’s get started and maybe we can forget about last week’s game…or the one coming up:
“Well I woke up this morning and I looked outside and all I had was gone. I started wondering what else could go wrong. Standing outside in the pouring rain, getting my poor house rearranged, but I’m all right, for the shape I’m in” – BR5-49
I don’t think there is any doubt who owns the poor house of the ACC Coastal Division. While Virginia fans have been on an emotional rollercoaster this year, any optimism for 2016 is gone. While we seem to be destined to spend this year rearranging our poor house, I continue to think Virginia will succeed over the long term. We are all right (for the shape we’re in).
“Hey Mr. Brown, turn the volume down. I believe this evening’s shot” – John Prine
Okay, so this could apply to a lot of Virginia games. It is especially applicable to the UNC game as by the 3rd quarter it was very clear that the evening was indeed shot. The unfortunate truth about this quote is that many Virginia games are shot before the evening arrives.
“I sobered up and I got to thinking, girl you ain’t much fun since I quit drinking” – Toby Keith
I don’t want to scare anyone here, I haven’t quit drinking. However, as the tailgate libations wore thin during the game, I noticed the fun of the game started to wane and the fun (as in most Virginia games) shifted to socializing with friends in our section. Some things don’t change, but in a lot of ways, this is why I keep coming back.
“The whiskey ain’t working anymore” – Travis Tritt
See comments above. While repetitive, this one was just too perfect to leave on the cutting room floor.
“Well it was all I could do to keep from crying. Sometimes it seems so useless to remain.” – David Allan Coe
This was clearly the sentiment of the surprisingly enthusiastic crowd. By the middle of the 3rd quarter, I-64 was full of Cavalier fans who would understandably be home before the final horn sounded.
“I don’t want to hear those sad stories, because we both already know how it goes” – Jerry Jeff Walker
It is my belief that this is Jerry Jeff’s way of saying “Same Old ‘Hoos.
“I toasted you and said we may be through, but you’ll never hear me complain” – Garth Brooks
Honestly, given the state of the program, getting 41,000 fans to Scott Stadium wasn’t a bad turn out. While there is still a core base of Virginia fans who will post without consideration of the team’s won/loss record, there are many who share the sentiments of Garth Brooks.
As we look forward to next week’s game, the best description I heard on my playlist was courtesy of Jerry Reed:
“Alligator bait in a Louisiana bayou”
Unless Amos Moses shows up in a Cavalier uniform, I think Vegas might be generous with its opening line of Louisville giving Virginia 26.
I don’t give stock advice and I don’t bet, but if I were a betting man or giving betting advice, I’d say take the Cardinals and the points. They hung 44 points on NC State in the first half. You can thank me later.
As promised, here’s a playlist that provided 2 pages of quotes that speak to Virginia Football, only a fractions of which I could use. I hope these help you forget the travails of Virginia Football, at least for a little while.
Waymore’s Blues – Waylon Jennings
I’m All Right (for the Shape I’m in) – BR5-49
Something Like That – Tim McGraw
I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight – Toby Keith
You Ain’t Much Fun – Toby Keith
The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ – Travis Tritt
Here’s a Quarter – Travis Tritt
I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose – Jerry Jeff Walker
Pot Can’t Call the Kettle Black – Jerry Jeff Walker
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Amos Moses – Jerry Reed
Come Back to us Barbara Lewis – John Prine
Flashback Blues – John Prine
You Never Even Called Me By My Name – David Allan Coe
She Held That Bottle – The Hogwaller Ramblers
Sunday Morning Coming Down – Johnny Cash
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