Moe Bandy sings his classic red, white and blue-drenched hit song, “Americana.”

This song is what helped to ignite Bandy’s friendship with the Bush family over 30 years ago. His relationship with President George H. W. Bush and the late First Lady Barbara Bush is described in detail in Bandy’s new autobiography, Lucky Me. The former first lady penned the book’s foreword.

"Americana" is a song recorded by American country music artist Moe Bandy. It was released in January 1988 as the first single from his album No Regrets. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singleschart, and to date is his last top 10 single.

 

The song is a salute to small-town America and a celebration of its values and camaraderie. Various observations – elderly men playing checkers, children playing hopscotch and teenagers going on a date at a local soda fountain – are observed first-person style from a traveling performer, whose vehicle had pulled off of a four-lane highway for a short break. The song was written by Larry Alderman, Richard Fagan and Patti Ryan noted Nashville songwriters.

 

Lyrics

 

I've traveled all around this country

In my time I thought I'd seen it all

But today I took a detour down a back road

Through a little town whose name I can't recall

 

There were old men on benches playing checkers

Children playing hop scotch on the square

And high above a statue of an unknown soldier

Old glory was waving in the air

 

Suddenly I realized what I'd too long forgotten

Chill rose up like mountains on my skin

Overcome with a feeling

I knew I was seeing

America all over again

 

Americana

Picture of a people proud and free

Americana

And I'll keep holding to the dream

You're still what living means to me

 

I knew the stop would throw me off my schedule

But I parked around behind the Five and Dime

There's something about a small town in the Summer

Like a Norman Rockwell picture back in time

 

Kids were courting at the Rexall soda fountain

Like we did before they built the shopping mall

I saw so many reasons why I love this country

You know some things never really change at all

 

As I left the two-lane road

And pulled back on that super high way

I thought of what I'd seen back in that town

And it hit me like a freight train

That a stone's throw from the fast lane

America is still safe and sound

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