Jerry Jeff Walker performs “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother”

Ray Wylie Hubard said: "If I had not gone to D-Bar-D," says Hubbard, "that song would never have existed . Song History.

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Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother:

Single Ray Wylie Hubbard ( LSR 1978 )
Single Ray Wylie Hubbard ( LSR 1978 )

Song composed by Ray Wylie Hubbard in the early 70’s. The song was recorded for the first time by Jerry Jeff Walker on August 18, 1973, at Luckenbach Dancehall, Luckenbach, Texas and was released in November of that same year. The song was inculcated into the album, Viva Terlingua! (MCA 1973). Ray Wylie Hubbard, recorded in 1978 and would be included on the album, Off The Wall (Lonestar Records 1978).

 

Story behind the song:

Lp Cover Ray Wylie Hubbard ( LSR 1978 )
Lp Cover Ray Wylie Hubbard(LSR 1978)

Ray lived in Dallas, but spent the summers in New Mexico, playing music with other long-haired expats, like Texans B. W. Stevenson and Bob Livingston. That time the long hair was not very well seen. They spent the day , playing, singing and drinking beer, they took turns shopping for beer, there were only two stores that sold it, a hippie bar and another one from Rednecks, called D-Bar-D. The day I had to go to Ray, I chose the one that was closest, went to the redneck bar, I regretted it immediately. “I walked in and there were thirty or forty people drinking, including one old woman,” he recalls. “The jukebox stopped, and they all turned up and looked at me.” I have nervously asked the bartender for a case, and while I have waited, I have found himself getting baited by the woman and her son. “How can you call yourself an American with hair like that?” She asked. They are added, “You want me to beat him up?” Hubbard got his beer and fled, but not before eyeing a pickup truck in the parking lot with a gun rack and a redneck bumper sticker. Once I was safely back with his pals, I picked up his guitar, strummed to G, and made up a song on the spot, about a redneck mother whose was “thirty-four and drinking in a honky-tonk, just kicking hippies ‘asses and raising hell. ”
Back in Dallas, Ray forgot the song, until a year later, he received a call from one of the friends he had with him, when he wrote the song, Bob Livingston, who played bass for

Lp Cover Jerry Jeff Walker ( MCA 1973 )
Lp Cover Jerry Jeff Walker ( MCA 1973 )

Jerry Jeff Walker and there were times sang the song, and Jerry liked it and wanted to record it, but wanted to make it a little longer, asked Ray to do it, Ray had an innate facility to write, because his father was a teacher of English and did not read him children’s stories, He read books like, “The Raven” and “A Tale of Two Cities,”. Literature and poetry entered his life and “been something I’ve enjoyed.”
Once finished writing, the song was recorded for the album, Viva Terlingua !!!!.
Ray Wylie Hubard said: “If I had not gone to D-Bar-D,” says Hubbard, “that song would never have existed.

Lp Cover Bobby Bare ( RCA 1975 )
Lp Cover Bobby Bare ( RCA 1975 )

Some versions :

Bobby Albright & The boot hill express 1974 ( National Records )
Bobby Bare 1975 ( RCA )
California Zephyr 1977 ( Iron Horse Records )
Kinky Friedman 1983 ( Bruno-Dean Enterprises )
Texas BS Band 1984 ( Merit Records )
Ginger Graham 1984 ( Tri Sound Records )
Cracker 2003 ( Imusic )

Jerry Jeff Walker – Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother Lyrics

He was born in Oklahoma
His wife’s name’s Betty Lou Thelma Liz
He’s not responsible for what he’s doing
‘Cause his mother made him what he is

And it’s up against the wall, Redneck Mother
Mother, who has raised her son so well
He’s thirty four and drinking in a honky tonk
Just kicking hippies’ asses and raising hell

Sure does like his Falstaff beer
He likes to chase it down with that Wild Turkey liquor
He drives a fifty seven gmc pickup truck
Got a gun rack, ‘Goat roper needs love too’ sticker

And it’s up against the wall, Redneck Mother
Mother, who has raised her son so well
He’s thirty four and drinking in a honky tonk
Just kicking hippies’ asses and raising hell, oh baby

M is for the mud flaps you give me for my pickup truck
O is for the oil I put on my hair
T is for T-bird, H is for Haggard
E is for eggs and are is for Redneck

Up against the wall, Redneck Mother
Mother, who has raised her son so well
He’s thirty four and drinking in a honky tonk
Kicking hippies’ asses and raising hell

He’s up against the wall, Redneck Mother
Mother, who has raised her son so well
He’s thirty four and drinking in a honky tonk
Just kicking hippies’ asses and raising hell

Lp Variuos ( RCA 1977 )
Lp Variuos ( RCA 1977 )

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