NH Flashback! The Oak Ridge Boys sing Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight on The Dukes of Hazzard (1981)

Good memories! Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry members, and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys appeared on the legendary TV show The Dukes of Hazzard performing Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight

"Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" is a song written by Rodney Crowell and Donivan Cowart. The song was initially covered by Emmylou Harris (in whose band Crowell had played during the late 1970s), who included it on her 1978 Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town album.

 

The Oak Ridge Boys released the song in December 1979 as the third single from their album The Oak Ridge Boys Have Arrived. "Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" was The Oak Ridge Boys' second number one country single, remaining at number one for a single week, and spending a total of eleven weeks on the chart.

 

The single was performed by the band on the 1981 The Dukes of Hazzard episode "State of the County".

 

Lyrics

 

Mary took to running with a travelin' man

Left her momma crying with her head in her hands

Such a sad case, so broken hearted

She say momma, I got to go, I gotta get outta here

I gotta get out of town; I'm tired of hanging around

I gotta roll on between the ditches

 

It's just an ordinary story 'bout the way things go

Round and around nobody knows, but the highway

Goes on forever, that 'ol highway rolls on forever

Lord she never would've done it if she hadn't got drunk

 

If she hadn't started running with a travelin man

 

If she hadn't started taking those crazy changes

She say daughter, let me tell you 'bout the travelin kind

Everywhere he's goin' such a very short time

He'll be long gone before you know it, he'll be long

Gone before you know it

She say never have I known it when it felt so good

Never have I knew it when I knew I could

Never have I done it when it looked so right

Leaving Louisiana in the broad daylight

 

This is down in the swampland, anything goes

It's alligator bait and the bars don't close

It's the real thing down in Louisiana

 

Did you ever see a cajun when he really got mad

When he really got trouble like a daughter gone bad

It gets real hot down in Louisiana

 

The stranger better move it or he's gonna get killed

He's gonna have to get it or a shotgun will

It ain't no time for lengthy speeches

There ain't no time for lengthy speeches

She say never have I know it when it felt so good

Never have I knew it when I knew I could

Never have I done it when it looked so right

Leaving Louisiana in the broad daylight

It's just an ordinary story 'bout the way things go

Round and around nobody knows, but the highway goes on forever

There ain't no way to stop the water

The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.”

 

In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and twelve GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes.

 

They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating one double-platinum album and one double-platinum single and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y'All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. 

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