Nothing Sacred (David Allan Coe album)

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Nothing Sacred
David Allan Coe - Nothing Sacred.jpg
Studio album by David Allan Coe
Released January 8, 1978
Length 32:31
Label DAC
David Allan Coe chronology
Family Album
(1978)Family Album1978
Nothing Sacred
Human Emotions
(1978)Human Emotions1978

Nothing Sacred is the eleventh studio album by American country musician David Allan Coe. Released in 1978, it is Coe's fourth independent album, after Penitentiary Blues, Requiem for a Harlequin and Buckstone County Prison.

Nothing Sacred was noted for its profane and sexually explicit lyrics, and was released solely by mail order.


In the late 1970s, Coe lived in Key West, Florida, and Shel Silverstein played his album Freakin' at the Freakers Ball for Coe, who proceeded to play a series of his own comedic songs. Silverstein encouraged him to record the songs, leading to the production of this album.[1] Nothing Sacred was released as a mail order-only release, initially advertised in the back pages of the biker magazine Easyriders;[1] another album of similar material, Underground Album, followed in 1982.[2]


The lyrics of Nothing Sacred are profane, often sexually explicit and describe an orgy in Nashville's Centennial Park and sex with pornographic film star Linda Lovelace. The album also contains a song targeting Anita Bryant, a musician notable for her strong opposition to LGBT rights, specifically her fight to repeal an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in Miami-Dade County. In the song, bluntly titled "Fuck Aneta Briant" [sic], Coe calls out Bryant as being hypocritical for her opposition to the lifestyles of gay people, stating that "In fact Anita Bryant, some act just like you".[2][3]

The album also has a song criticizing Jimmy Buffett in response to a feud between the two musicians at the time. Buffett had accused Coe of plagiarizing the melody of "Divers Do It Deeper" from Buffett's "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes", stating "I would have sued him, but I didn't want to give Coe the pleasure of having his name in the paper."[2] Coe wrote the song "Jimmy Buffett" in response, with Coe suggesting that he and Buffett "just both get drunk and screw".[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

The album was generally criticized as being profane and crude.[2][3] Neil Strauss described the album's material as "among the most racist, misogynist, homophobic and obscene songs recorded by a popular songwriter."[5] Allmusic, which did not review the album, gave it three out of five stars.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Allan Coe

  1. "Nothing Sacred" - 3:50
  2. "Pussy Whipped Again" - 3:29
  3. "Cum Stains on the Pillow" - 3:20
  4. "Linda Lovelace" - 3:18
  5. "Fuck Aneta Briant" [sic] - 2:42
  6. "Jimmy Buffett" - 3:50
  7. "3 Biggest Lies" - 2:04
  8. "Whips And Things" - 3:59
  9. "Rails" - 2:09
  10. "Masterbation Blues" [sic] - 3:50


  1. ^ a b Tom Netherland (November 2000). "David Allan Coe rebuts racism charge". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Steve Eng. "Hello, Texas--Hello, St. Barts (and Montserrat)". Jimmy Buffett: The Man from Margaritaville Revealed. pp. 217–218. ISBN 0-312-16875-6. 
  3. ^ a b "White trash alchemies of the abject sublime". Bad music: the music we love to hate. Christopher Washburne, Maiken Derno. p. 37. ISBN 0-415-94366-3. 
  4. ^ a b "Nothing Sacred". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Neil Strauss (September 4, 2000). "Songwriter's Racist Songs From 1980's Haunt Him". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 

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