10 country songs for the end of the world


Jesus Christ once said, "If you've made your own hell, then only you have the power to escape it." He was also known to remark, "I got along without you before I met you and I'll get along without you a long time after you're gone."

Okay, that wasn't really Jesus; that was all Willie Nelson. But supposedly Jesus had this to say about the end of the world: "Of that day and hour no one knoweth, not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone." December 21, 2012 is nonetheless a troubling day for many fans of country and western music, as it marks the day the clock might stop working on that Gateway computer you bought your kids last year at the Walmarts. That was Y2K? Shoot. Maybe we've been stockpiling all these canned goods and ammo for naught. In any case, we made you this sweet end times playlist before the computers blink out. Enjoy.

10. "End of the World" - Skeeter Davis

The lyrics to this 1962 Skeeter Davis hit were written by Sylvia Dee, inspired by the sadness she felt when her father died. It was later played at Chet Atkins' funeral, and will no doubt be enjoying a near-constant rotation in all our heads next week WHEN WE ALL DIE. Fire, brimstone, meteor shower, planetary collision, whatever it's supposed to be. So thanks, Sylvia Dee and her dad, for helping to overstate what will be the obvious. Notable Lyric: Why do the birds go on singing? Why do the stars glow above? Don't they know it's the end of the world? It ended when I lost your love.

9. "Volcano" - Jimmy Buffett

Or maybe it'll be a big ol' volcano that does us all in. Improbable. Really, I just wanted to put this Jimmy Buffett song in your head, and I hope it stays there until you die. Why? Because I am a really huge asshole. My final confession to you is this: I really like this song. Hey, I'd hang out with Buffett in the Afterlife and/or Underworld. He has all the rum, man. Notable Lyric: No time to count what I'm worth. Hey I just left the planet earth. But a' where I go I hope there's rum. Not to worry, more soon come.

8. "Ready for the End of the World" - George Strait

Okay, in this song I guess George Strait is singing in a highly metaphorical way about the end of a relationship, but we're adding a box set of Merle and case of Jack to our shopping list for the bunker anyway. Notable Lyric: I know the end is near, I've seen the warning signs. Been preparin' myself, layin' in supplies. I bought a case of Jack, a boxed-set of Merle. I'm gettin' ready, ready for the end of the world.

7. "If We Make It Through December" - Merle Haggard

Speaking of the Hag, he thinks it's gonna be a rough month, but if we can make it to the first of January, we'll be a-ok. Notable Lyric: If we make it through December, everything's gonna be all right, I know. It's the coldest time of winter and I shiver when I see the falling snow.

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