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MONTGOMERY GENTRY lyrics : "Something To Be Proud Of"

There's a story that my daddy tells religiously
Like clockwork every time he sees an opening
In a conversation about the way things used to be

Well I'd just roll my eyes and make a bee-line for the door
But I'd always wind up starry-eyed, cross-legged on the floor
Hanging on to every word

Man, the things I heard

It was harder times and longer days

Five miles to school, uphill both ways
We were cane switch raised, and dirt floor poor
'Course that was back before the war

Yeah, your uncle and I made quite a pair
Flying F-15's through hostile air
He went down but they missed me by a hair

He'd always stop right there and say...

That's something to be proud of

That's a life you can hang your hat on
That's a chin held high as the tears fall down
A gut sucked in, a chest stuck out

Like a small town flag a-flyin'
Or a newborn baby cryin'
In the arms of the woman that you love

That's something to be proud of

Son graduatin' college, that was mama's dream

But I was on my way to anywhere else when I turned 18
Cuz when you gotta fast car you think you've got everything
I learned quick those GTO's don't run on faith

I ended up broken down in some town north of L.A.
Working maximum hours for minimum wage
Well, I fell in love, next thing I know

The babies came, the car got sold
I sure do miss that old hot rod
But you sure save gas in them foreign jobs

Dad, I wonder if I ever let you down
If you're ashamed how I turned out
Well, he lowered his voice, then he raised his brow

Said, lemme tell ya right now

That's something to be proud of

That's a life you can hang your hat on
You don't need to make a million
Just be thankful to be workin'

If you're doing what you're able
And putting food there on the table
And providing for the family that you love

That's something to be proud of

And if all you ever really do is the best you can

Well, you did it man

That's something to be proud of

That's a life you can hang your hat on
That's a chin held high as the tears fall down
A gut sucked in, a chest stuck out

Like a small town flag a-flyin'
Or a newborn baby cryin'
In the arms of the woman that you love

That's something to be proud of
That's something to be proud of
Yeah, that's something to be proud of

That's something to be proud of
Now that's something to be proud of

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