Nothing says “thank you” like a good country song. After all, country music expresses life at its most basic level, which includes showing appreciation for all the good things we have. Here are a few of the best country music lyrics for the Thanksgiving holiday:
“The Thanksgiving Song” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Starting off with the beautiful lyric, “Grateful for each hand we hold,” this lovely song says it all. It evokes the entire family gathering around the table—“father, mother, daughter, son, neighbor, friend and friendless”—all joining together in “the gift of loving kindness.”
“Lucky Man” by Montgomery Gentry
It’s a typical bad-mood day: “I have days where I hate my job.” Your football team loses, and it’s the kind of day when you need to do something for yourself, like purchase a pair of these cool golden Monty boots. Then it hits you: “But I know I’m a lucky man, God’s given me a pretty fair hand.” From the dollars tucked away in the coffee can to the truck that still runs and, most importantly, the family that loves you—life is good.
“Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver
This classic feel-good song extols the simple pleasures in life: “Well, I got me a fine wife, I got me old fiddle, the sun’s comin’ up, I got cakes on the griddle.” Even if life is nothing but a “funny, funny riddle,” you can still thank God you’re a country boy.
“What a Wonderful World” by Willie Nelson
Recorded in 1967 by Louis Armstrong, this was reinvented as a country standard by Willie Nelson in 1988. With a nursery-rhyme simplicity (“trees of green, red roses, too”), it cites all the reasons that life is beautiful. Each verse ends: “And I said to myself, what a wonderful world.” This haunting lyric says it all when it comes to gratitude.