6 (More) Life Lessons From Garth Brooks

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Modern day country music wouldn’t be the same without the influence of Garth Brooks, the number one selling solo artist in US history. He revolutionized country music and continues to leave his mark on the world over two and half decades later. His songs have a way of sticking in your head, even if you haven’t heard them in years, and you may just find you’ll learn a life lesson from some of his songs’ lyrics too.

6 (More) Life Lessons From Garth Brooks:

1. Don’t fall for a Rodeo Man.

Garth Brooks’ songs don’t leave a lot of hope for women who fall for rodeo guys. According to his songs, if you make a man choose between his woman and the rodeo, he’ll choose the rodeo every time. It never turns out well for the woman.

In the song “Rodeo” the woman knows “his love’s in Tulsa,” but his love is not a woman, “it’s that damned old rodeo.” Poor Diane in “Wild Horses” keeps getting her heart broken because “Wild horses keep draggin’ (him) away.” The woman in “The Beaches of Cheyenne” went straight up crazy when she got a call confirming her worst nightmare, her man promised her that it would all turn out all right, but he rode a bull no man could ride. “And their dreams that they’d been livin’ in the California sand died right there beside him in Cheyenne.”

So, according to Garth Brooks’ music, it’s best just to steer clear of those rodeo guys. They’re nothing but trouble.

And it’s so long girl I’ll see you,

When it’s time for him to go,

You know the woman wants her cowboy,

Like he wants his rodeo.

2. Living a risk-free life, isn’t really living at all. 

You may survive life, but you won’t really live it if you avoid risks at all cost. Love is a deep, burning, emotion of the soul, but falling in love is worth the chance of getting burned. It’s like Tennyson said, “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” That’s the theme of Brooks’ “Standing Outside the Fire.”

Standing outside the fire

Life is not tried, it is merely survived

If you’re standing outside the fire.

3. Follow your dreams. 

Follow your dreams wherever they lead you on the ever-changing river of life. That’s the message of Brooks’ “The River.” Don’t watch time slip away or content yourself with staying safe upon the shore. Just sail your vessel, “ ‘til the river runs dry,” expecting rough waters, and plenty of falls, knowing that, “with the good Lord as my captain, I can make it through them all.”

I will sail my vessel,

‘Til the river runs dry,

Like a bird upon the wind,

These waters are my sky,

I’ll never reach my destination,

If I never try,

So I will sail my vessel,

Til the river runs dry.



4. Don’t chase after materialism.

Brooks’ song, “I’d Rather Have Nothing” was released in 2006 on his album, The Lost Sessions. It’s about a man who feels free from materialism, “cause life ain’t about the worries and doubts that comes with lust and the greed.” Of all people, Brooks knows that wealth and materialism don’t directly translate into happiness. Like the man in this song, we’re all better off simply being content with what we have rather than chasing after wealth.

5. Love is “Thicker than Blood.”

“Thicker than Blood” starts off with the love story of woman with three kids who falls in love with ex-Marine who also has a child. Despite never sharing the same last name, the narrator concludes that they were a family just the same because “love is thicker than blood.” The narrator continues to apply this metaphor to other situations like war and getting along with our neighbors. He questions why humanity can’t put aside all differences and see that “we’re all sons and daughters of something that means so much more.” It’s a life lesson we’d all do well to learn.

Blood is thicker than water,

Oh, but love,

Love is thicker than blood.

6. Never waste the opportunity to tell someone you love them.

The message of “If Tomorrow Never Comes” is plain and simple. Tell the people in your life that you love before it’s too late. Don’t live with the regret of failing to share your true feelings. The narrator of this song makes a promise to himself to tell his girl how much she means to him, “And avoid that circumstance where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel.”

If tomorrow never comes,

Will she know how much I loved her,

Did I try in every way to show her every day,

That she’s my only one.

Thanks for all the life lessons, Garth Brooks. And and keep ‘em coming!

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