Watermelon Crawl

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"Watermelon Crawl"
Single by Tracy Byrd
from the album No Ordinary Man
B-side "You Never Know Just How Good You've Got It"[1]
Released July 26, 1994[2]
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:01
Label MCA
Writer(s) Buddy Brock
Zack Turner
Producer(s) Jerry Crutchfield
Tracy Byrd singles chronology
"Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous"
(1994)
"Watermelon Crawl"
(1994)
"The First Step"
(1994)

"Watermelon Crawl" is a song written by Buddy Brock and Zack Turner, and recorded by American country music artist Tracy Byrd. It was released in August 1994 as the second single from his album No Ordinary Man. The song peaked at number 4 in the United States and number 8 in Canada. A dance remix of the song was released and crossed over to pop radio, where it peaked at number 81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Content[edit]

The song chronicles the adventure of the narrator to a small town in Rind County, Georgia where an annual watermelon festival is held. The featured item at this festival is red wine made from the watermelons grown within the town. The mayor of the town urges people to abide by the law and asks them not to drive if they have been drinking; instead, they should do a dance called "The Watermelon Crawl."

Although the song describes a fictitious county, it likely refers to the Watermelon Festival[3] in Crisp County, Georgia.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Merriman and features Byrd stopping his tour bus in the Georgia town for the watermelon festival. The video was recorded in McEwen, Tennessee, at the Irish Picnic Fairgrounds.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 81
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 75

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 73. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/byrd_tracy/611420/album.jhtml
  3. ^ Crisp County Chamber of Commerce. "Watermelon Days Festival". Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 7, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Tracy Byrd Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Tracy Byrd.
  6. ^ "Tracy Byrd Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tracy Byrd.
  7. ^ "Best of 1994: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

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