Don Williams performs “Good Ole Boys Like Me” Live On Pop! Goes The Country.

Reached # 2 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remaining on the charts a total of 15 weeks, on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, it peaked at # 3. The song was included on Don's ninth studio album, Portrait (MCA 1979)

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Good Ole Boys Like Me

Single cover Don Williams ( MCA 1980 )
Single cover Don Williams ( MCA 1980 )

“Good Ole Boys Like Me”, a song written by Bob McDill, was recorded by Don Williams for the MCA label, in August 1979, at Sound Emporium, 3100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN. In the same recording session the song, “Love me over again” was also recorded. Don was accompanied in this recording session by: Dave Kirby (guitar), Bob McDill (guitar), Lloyd Green (steel and dobro), Joseph Allen (bass), Kenny Malone (drums and percussion), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), (keyboards), Danny Flowers (harmonica), Garth Fundis (background vocal) and Sheldon Kurland (Strings). With the production of Don Williams and Garth Fundis, the song was released on March 29, 1980, and , on May 31, 1980, reached # 2 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, remaining on the charts a total of 15 weeks, on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, it peaked at # 3.



Lp cover Don Williams ( MCA 1979 )
Lp cover Don Williams ( MCA 1979 )

The song was included on Don’s ninth studio album, Portrait (MCA 1979), the album was released on October 19, 1979, and on December 23, 1979, peaked at # 11 on the US Top Country charts. Albums, and remained on the charts a total of 53 weeks.

Versions:

Cash Backman 1983 (Hammard)
George Hamilton IV 1985 (MCA)





Don Williams – Good Ole Boys Like Me Lyrics

When I was a kid Uncle Remus he put me to bed
With a picture of Stonewall Jackson above my head
Then daddy came in to kiss his little man
With gin on his breath and a Bible in his hand
He talked about honor and things I should know
Then he staggered a little as he went out the door

[Chorus]
I can still hear the soft southern winds in the live oak trees
And those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me
Hank and Tennessee
I guess we’re all gonna be what we’re gonna be
So, what do you do with good ole boys like me?

[Verse 2]
Nothing makes a sound in the night like the wind does
But you ain’t afraid if you’re washed in the blood like I was
The smell of Cape Jasmine through the window screen
John R. and the Wolfman kept me company
By the light of the radio by my bed
With Thomas Wolfe whispering in my head

[Chorus]
I can still hear the soft southern winds in the live oak trees
And those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me
Hank and Tennessee
I guess we’re all gonna be what we’re gonna be
So, what do you do with good ole boys like me?



[Verse 3]
When I was in school I ran with a kid down the street
And I watched him burn himself up on Bourbon and speed
But I was smarter than most and I could choose
Learned to talk like the man on the six o’clock news
When I was eighteen Lord I hit the road
But it really doesn’t matter how far I go

[Chorus]
I can still hear the soft southern winds in the live oak trees
And those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me
Hank and Tennessee
I guess we’re all gonna be what we’re gonna be
So, what do you do with good ole boys like me?
Yeah, what do you do with good ole boys like me?

Single Don Williams ( MCA 1980 )
Single Don Williams ( MCA 1980 )

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