‘Cost of living’ – Ronnie Dunn

by Grace

This song inspired the name of my blog, and it seemed appropriate to post on Labor Day.

Written three years ago, the original lyrics included the line, “two dollars and change at the pump, cost of living’s high and going up“.  At the time, record executives thought the song would be irrelevant by the time Ronnie Dunn’s album debuted this year.  Instead, it proved very timely and Dunn actually had to change the line to “three dollars and change at the pump”. 

When challenged that he was too wealthy to relate to current economic struggles, Dunn countered that he grew up in trailer houses in New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

I am a country music fan, having been born and raised in Texas.  My favorite Ronnie Dunn song is probably Boot Scootin’ Boogie, sung with Kix Brooks.

Cost of Livin’  lyrics, written by Philip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn
Everything to know about me
Is written on this page
The number you can reach me
My social and my age
Yes I served in the army
It’s where I learned to shoot
Eighteen months in the desert
Pourin’ sand out of my boots
No I’ve never been convicted of a crime
I could start this job at any time.

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don’t know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

I put Robert down as a reference
He’s known me all my life
We attend the same church
He introduced me to my wife
Gave my last job everything
Before it headed south
Took the shoes off of my children’s feet
The food out of their mouths
Yesterday my folks offered to help
But they’re barely getting by themselves

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I rarely call in sick
A good truck
What I don’t know
I catch on real quick
I work weekends
If I have to
Nights and holidays
Give you 40
And then some
Whatever it takes
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

I’m sure a hundred others have applied
Rumor has it you’re only takin’ five

I got a strong back
Steel toes
I’m handy with a wrench
There’s nothing I can’t drive
Nothing I can’t fix
I work sun-up to sun-down
Ain’t too proud to sweep the floors
Bank has started calling
And the wolves are at my door
Three dollars and change at the pump
Cost of livin’s high and goin’ up.

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