Mayberry (song)

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"Mayberry"
Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Melt
Released December 29, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Country
Length 4:32
Label Lyric Street
Writer(s) Arlos Smith
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Marty Williams
Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts singles chronology
"I Melt"
(2003)
"Mayberry"
(2003)
"Feels Like Today"
(2004)

"Mayberry" is a song written by Arlos Smith, and recorded by American country music group Rascal Flatts. It was released in December 2003 as the fourth and final single from their album Melt. The song was a Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and also peaked at number 22 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making it a crossover hit.

Background[edit]

Gary LeVox said of the song, "The banjo really stands out on this track. It tells a lot about life in 2002, how busy you can get being caught up in the rat race. It reminds me of my childhood and it’s a really cool tune--one of our favorites."[1]

Content[edit]

The song references the easy-going life lived in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina from The Andy Griffith Show. It depicts the way life used to be, before the world started changing and becoming so fast paced (although ironically the characters in the show itself often commented about the changing world even then). These words describe a place where "Sunday was a day of rest," you had time to sit on the porch and enjoy a nice Cola, everyone in town knew one another, and children spent the days playing outside or fishing with their fathers.

Chart performance[edit]

"Mayberry" debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 3, 2004.

Chart (2003-2004) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 7
Preceded by
"You'll Think of Me"
by Keith Urban
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 22, 2004
Succeeded by
"Redneck Woman"
by Gretchen Wilson

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] archived page from Rascalflatts.com from 2002
  2. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rascal Flatts.
  3. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Rascal Flatts.
  4. ^ "Best of 2004: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2004. Retrieved July 11, 2012.