Talladega Lyrics by Eric Church


Eric Church Lyrics

Talladega Lyrics
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It was the summer before the real world started and,
The deal was we would get to go, if we
Cleaned it up, and got it running,
Daddy's old Winnebago.

Wing and a prayer down 65,
Five best friends on four bald tires,
I can still see Billy smiling
When we finally made it.

To Talladega, boys raised up,
Whiskey in your glass, here's to turning up,
Slowing down and cars that go real fast,

We were laughing and living, drinking and wishing,
And thinking as that checkered flag was waving,
Sure would like to stay in, Talladega.

Like a storm, time rolls on,
You can't hit pause as we just did.
Most days in life don't stand out,
But life's about those days that will, like,

Rocking rando, getting rowdy,
Shooting roman candles at the man in the moon,
til the Alabama sun was breaking.

Over Talladega, boys raised up,
Whiskey in your glass, here's to turning up,
Slowing down and cars that go real fast,

We were laughing and living, drinking and wishing,
And thinking as that checkered flag was waving,
Sure would like to stay in, Talladega.

When the winds go cold and it blows October,
I think about us shoulder to shoulder,
Like those cars my thoughts roll over and over and over,
In my mind.

Tonight I'm in Talladega, boys raised up,
Whiskey in your glass, here's to turning up,
Slowing down and cars that go real fast,

We were laughing and living, drinking and wishing,
And thinking as that checkered flag was waving,
Sure would like to stay in, Talladega.

Talladega Info:

• Talladega is a city in Alabama with a famous race track that hosts two annual NASCAR races.

• The song is about sharing memories from a trip made to the Talladega Superspeedway with friends after their senior year in high school.

Eric Church said: "I didn't want to write just another song. I didn't want it to be about racing. I wanted it to be about the emotional attachment that people have to a memory that involved going to a race. It wasn't about the race. It was about being with the people there and having that escapism"

"...that experience, whatever that is: the experience with the person next to you, and knowing that that’s probably a finite time in your life. It’s not gonna last forever."

From the Album:
The Outsiders (2014)

Released:
September 15, 2014

Genre:
Country

Length:
4:22

Writers:
Eric Church, Luke Laird

Producers:
Jay Joyce

Music video:
"Talladega" on YouTube

The music video was directed by Peter Zavadil and premiered in December 2014. Church filmed his performance for the clip at the Nashville Speedway, weaving in archival Super 8 millimeter footage that tells a story involving family, celebration and racing.

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