Diet, a nasty four-letter word, has haunted me for most of my life. However, when I was a little girl, I was skinny. In fact, I was so skinny that my daddy loved to say that a good March windstorm would blow me away. Nowadays, when Carrie Underwood sings, “there’s not enough wind in Oklahoma,” it resonates, as it feels like I was blessed with the genetic make-up of a hippopotamus.
All around us we are tempted– cooking shows, commercials, magazines and country music. Country music? Yes! Country music does its fair share of sending out those subliminal messages all over the place!
These lyrics are likely to cause you to become hungry, crave foods, and cause you to rush out to your local grocery store:
“I Still Like Bologna”// Alan Jackson
Alan doesn’t just like bologna, he enjoys it between two slices of white bread! This twangy, old-school ditty tells us that it is okay to enjoy and embrace all the comforts and conveniences of a modern world, but there is nothing wrong with “keeping it real” with a good ole bologna and white bread sandwich. Don’t forget to embrace the little things and enjoy even the simplest of things– even if you’re sitting in front of a giant television holding your cell phone.
“Burgers and Fries”// Charlie Pride
According to Charlie’s No. 1 hit from 1978 everything was better when we kept things simple with just “burgers and fries and cherry pies…” This isn’t the only subliminal message in the song either– just like country music singers today, Charlie wanted to take things outside and get busy under the moon. So, now you’re hungry for a burger and want to hit a field with your significant other.
“Song of the South” // Alabama
No one can forget this Alabama classic triggering us to sing, “Song, song of the South, sweet potato pie and a shut my mouth,” at even the very mention of Thanksgiving sides. What does it all mean? Now, I know it is subliminal messaging drawing me to the sweet potato pie recipes in my grandma’s old cookbooks.
“Chicken Fried” // Zac Brown Band
This song put the Zack Brown Band on the map. It also can put about three or four thousand calories on you if you are not strong and give in to the temptations of “Chicken Fried, cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans (that USED to fit just right), and the radio on.” If that was not already enough to have you throw out your diet books, they also mention Southern favorites like sweet tea, pecan pie, and homemade wine.
Country music will have you two-steppin’ your way to a heart attack if you’re not careful.
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