That's Right (You're Not from Texas)
|"That's Right (You're Not from Texas)"|
|Song by Lyle Lovett from the album 'The Road to Ensenada (1996)|
|Released||June 18, 1996|
|Genre||Country, western swing|
|'The Road to Ensenada (1996) track listing|
Due to its use in a series of advertisements promoting Texas tourism, the phrase has also come to be used independently to describe the quirky and sometimes misunderstood attitudes associated with Texas.
That's Right is a lighthearted song that lightly mocks the popularity of cowboy fashions in urban settings, and reflects the general sense of Texan pride that newcomers and outsiders often misunderstand.
Those boys from Carolina
They sure enough could sing
But when they came on down to Texas
We all showed them how to swing
Lovett was a huge fan of Uncle Walt's band as a college student, and Lovett had gone on to produce Hyatt's 1990 album King Tears. Walter Hyatt died a month before the release of this album.
Possibly because of the national exposure of the ad campaign, the phrase has been used independently, even in non-musical contexts as a general expression conveying Texans' sometimes baffling customs. Roger Ebert titled a compilation of responses to his review of the movie Friday Night Lights "That's right you're not from Texas", in which most of the writers rebuked Ebert for misunderstanding the devout Texan football culture. Garrison Keillor used the same title for a tribute to Molly Ivins, explaining that she exemplified and celebrated a distinct Texan attitude that many others didn't understand.
- Lyle Lovett - other works from IMDB
- "That's right, you're not from Texas" by Roger Ebert, originally published in the Chicago Observer on October 17, 2004.
- "That's Right, You're Not From Texas" by Garrison Keillor, originally published in the Texas Observer on February 9, 2007.
- Review of The Road to Ensenada from Allmusic