Country Bumpkin

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"Country Bumpkin"
Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith.jpg
Single by Cal Smith
from the album Country Bumpkin
B-side"It's Not the Miles You've Traveled"
ReleasedFebruary 1974
RecordedDecember 21, 1973
Bradley's Barn,
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
GenreCountry
Length3:39
LabelMCA Records 40191
Songwriter(s)Don Wayne
Producer(s)Walter Haynes
Cal Smith singles chronology
"Bleep You" / "An Hour and a Six Pack"
(1973)
"Country Bumpkin"
(1974)
"Between Lust and Watching TV"
(1974)

"Country Bumpkin" is a song written by Don Wayne,[1] and recorded by American country music artist Cal Smith. It was released in February 1974 as the first single and title track from the album Country Bumpkin. The song was Smith's second number one on the country chart. The single stayed at number one for a single week and spent a total of ten weeks on the country chart.[2]

In 1974, "Country Bumpkin" received Song of the Year Awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Content[edit]

The song has three verses:

  • In the first a rural gentleman walks into a bar, where one of the barroom girls refers to him as a "country bumpkin" (a common nickname for a person from a rural area[3]) as she talks to him.
  • The second verse discusses the woman (now married to the man) giving birth to her (only) son a year later.
  • The third verse discusses her impending death 40 years later, with her husband and son present at her bedside.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974/75) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 23
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ CMT
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 317.
  3. ^ https://www.yourdictionary.com/country-bumpkin
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 278. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Cal Smith Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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