Copperhead Road is a song by Steve Earle. A music video based on the song was also released.

Lyrics Edit

Well my name's John Lee Pettimore

Same as my daddy and his daddy before

You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here

He only came to town about twice a year

He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line

Everybody knew he made moonshine

Now the Revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad

He headed up the holler with everything he had

It's before my time but I've been told

He never came back from Copperhead Road

Now Daddy ran the whiskey in a big black Dodge

Bought at an auction at the Mason's Lodge

Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side

Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside

Well him and my uncle tore that engine down

I still remember that rumblin' sound

Well the sheriff came around in the middle of the night

Heard mama cryin' knew something wasn't right

He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load

You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road

I volunteered for the Army on my birthday

They draft the white trash first 'round here anyway

I done two tours of duty in Vietnam

And I came home with a brand new plan

I take the seed from Columbia and Mexico

I plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road

Well the D.E. A.'s got a chopper in the air

I wake up screaming like I'm back over there

I learned a thing or two from ol' Charlie don't you know

You better stay away from Copperhead Road

Copperhead Road

Copperhead Road

Copperhead Road

Notes Edit

Copperhead Road was an actual road near Mountain City in Johnson County, Tennessee.

The song is played with a guitar, bass, organ, and piano.

The song is home to a popular line dance.

Copperhead Road was included in a Steve Earle album of the same name.

The song is the theme for the Discovery Channel show Moonshiners.

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