That's Right (You're Not from Texas)

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"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
Length 4:54
Label Curb
Writer Lovett
'The Road to Ensenada (1996) track listing
"That's Right (You're Not from Texas)"
Who Loves You Better

That's Right (You're Not from Texas) is a song on Lyle Lovett's 1996 album The Road to Ensenada.

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.

The second verse is a tribute to the members of Uncle Walt's Band, a band actually from South Carolina who later became associated with the Austin, Texas country music scene.

Those boys from Carolina
They sure enough could sing
But when they came on down to Texas
We all showed them how to swing

Now David's on the radio
And old Champ's still on the guitar
And Uncle Walt he's home with Heidi
Hiding in her loving arms

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.

Other media[edit]

In 1999, the Texas Tourism board ran an ad campaign featuring Lyle Lovett singing the refrain "That's Right, You're Not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway."[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]


Allmusic's review of The Road to Ensenada praises several songs on the album as being "funny without being silly".[4]


  1. ^ Lyle Lovett - other works from IMDB
  2. ^ "That's right, you're not from Texas" by Roger Ebert, originally published in the Chicago Observer on October 17, 2004.
  3. ^ "That's Right, You're Not From Texas" by Garrison Keillor, originally published in the Texas Observer on February 9, 2007.
  4. ^ Review of The Road to Ensenada from Allmusic