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The Only Way I Know

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Taste-of-CountryI made an interesting discovery the other day while driving down a well traveled road in Houston. I’ve been here almost five weeks now just looking around for a place to land since the past five years in Florida have gone nowhere fast.

And I’m tired of going nowhere fast . . . .

The discovery I made was quite surprising and rather refreshing, too. I discovered country music isn’t what it used to be years ago. I never thought I liked country music but after I stumbled upon 100.3 FM here in Houston I’ve totally changed my mind. All I can say is, “Wow!” They call it The Bull and it’s a new station here. And it really makes all that driving around this city very enjoyable.

I heard a song yesterday that really hit the spot. Some words in the chorus, “Full Throttle, Wide Open,” stuck in my mind and I just had to look it up on the internet when I got back to my weekly-rate hotel room on the north end of Houston. I just love this song and thought I’d share it with you. It is sung by Jason Aldean and the actual title of it is The Only Way I Know.” So without further ado, here are the words to that song and the YouTube Video is below:

The Only Way I Know

Well I grew up in one of them old farm towns
Where they hit it hard till the sun goes down
Nobody really seemed to care
That we were living in the middle of nowhere
We just figured that’s how it was
And everybody else was just like us
Soaking in the rain baking in the sun
Don’t quit till the job gets done

That’s the only way I know
Don’t stop till everything’s gone
Straight ahead never turn round
Don’t back up, don’t back down
Full throttle wide open
You get tired, you don’t show it
Dig a little deeper when you think
You can’t dig no more
That’s the only way I know

That old red dirt the first thing you learn
You don’t get nothing that you don’t earn
Humble pride that I grew up on
You find out just how bad you want it
Sun in our eyes backs to the fences
We didn’t know the odds were against us
Hit the wall smoking and spinning
Still wasn’t thinking ’bout nothing but winning

That’s the only way I know
Don’t stop till everything’s gone
Straight ahead never turn round
Don’t back up, don’t back down
Full throttle wide open
You get tired, you don’t show it
Dig a little deeper when you think
You can’t dig no more

That’s the only way I know

Maybe there’s another path
That will get you there a little bit faster,
But I’m sticking with the one inside of me.

That’s the only way I know
Don’t stop till everything’s gone
Straight ahead never turn round
Don’t back up, don’t back down
Full throttle wide open
You get tired, you don’t show it
Dig a little deeper when you think
You can’t dig no more
That’s the only way I know

[Lyrics compliments of]

Full throttle, wide open . . .

And that’s the only way I know, too . . .

How about you?

YouTube Video: “The Only Way I Know” (Luke Bryan and Eric Church) sung by Jason Aldean:

Photo credit here



  1. nhiemstra says:

    May the Lord bless your search, but I agree. I much prefer modern country. I used to work at an “old-style” country station (WBUK — The Big Buck), and when the current style of music began to be produced, we saw it as “Country-nized” Rock.


    • Thanks, Nick! I like Houston even if the last time I lived here (5-6 years ago) it didn’t work out so well (the job, I mean). And, I love this new modern country music. It’s probably not all that new anymore but it’s new to me. I’m a “rocker” from way-back-when and it’s in my blood so imagine my surprise when I discovered this modern country music station the other day. Guess I’m now “Country-nized,” too!!! 😉


      • By the way, Nick, I was born and raised in the city–Des Moines, Iowa, to be exact–but I do have the same work ethic as described in the song. And, there are plenty of farm towns in Iowa just like this song describes, too.


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