The Marshall Tucker Band has been around since the 1970s. They were largely considered a rock band, but their sound is actually quite eclectic. As a matter of fact, they incorporate elements of rock, blues, jazz and just about anything else that suits them into their sound. The end result is a band that sounds very unique, something that fans are often looking for. This is proven by the fact that they’ve been around for approximately the last 50 years and people are still talking about them. Below are 10 of their best songs, ranked from number 10 to number one. If you’re curious, click on the YouTube link associated with each song and see what you think.
10. Hillbilly Band (1973)
The name here pretty much says it all. The song talks about being out in the country, dancing in the middle of nowhere with a significant other and drinking moonshine until the sun comes up. There’s not a lot of deep meaning here, to say the least. That said, it is a song that resonated well with fans then and still does to this day.
9. This Ol’ Cowboy (1974)
If you didn’t know any better, you’d think that this was a country song. It talks about being alone and waiting for a train because the person in the song is singing about his woman leaving him and not wanting anything to do with him any longer. It sounds just like one of those old-school country songs that talks about a person’s dog running off, their wife leaves them, their house falls down and their car runs off the side of the road, all in the course of a single afternoon.
8. Ramblin’ (1973)
Some people might sort of consider this to be a song about love, but it’s really more about somebody who’s just not happy with the life they’re living. They don’t like the fact that they’re either not in a relationship or they’re in the wrong relationship, and they’re not happy with the majority of their life in general. As such, they are running around trying to find all of these things that they think will make them happy when in reality, they need to realize that happiness comes from within. Therefore, they can try to grab all these pieces of the puzzle and put them together as hard as they want, but it’s not likely to do any good until they simply learn to be happy with who they are.
7. Fire On The Mountain (1975)
If you take this song literally, it deals with moving from the eastern part of the country to the West Coast, during the 1800s when things were very rough and tumble. Of course, you can take the song in a more figurative manner as well. In that context, it deals with the idea that the grass is always greener on the other side. In that same context, the song also deals with leaving everything you’ve ever known behind in order to search for something better, only to find one hardship after another in your way. In essence, it’s a song about wanting better things and facing enormous trials in the face of trying to achieve those things, yet always hoping that there are better things to come just over the horizon.
6. Can’t You See (1973)
Most people have at least heard the chorus to the song, even if they don’t realize it straight away. That’s because the song has been used in popular culture for years. As a result, even people that don’t routinely listen to the band have heard part of the song in passing. The song itself talks about becoming infatuated with a woman and the things that being infatuated with another person can do to someone. In short, it basically discusses that feeling when someone first begins to fall in love, where they can’t focus on anything except that particular individual and their relationship together.
5. Blue Ridge Mountain Sky (1974)
It’s really quite hard to tell whether this song is supposed to celebrate living life on one’s own terms or if it is instead a melancholy song about choosing to live a life as a loner and then regretting that decision. It talks about being lonely and how difficult it is to live a life that is more or less alone, yet the person in the song states that this is the only way that they know to live because it’s the only thing they’ve ever been exposed to.
4. Desert Skies (1977)
It sounds more like an old country song than a rock song, something the band was often known for. When you listen to it, you can almost see a cowboy on the back of a horse riding through the desert. He may not be entirely happy to be there, but he’s not willing to give up the freedom that his lifestyle permits in order to do anything else that might provide more in the way of creature comforts. As a result, you might even say that the song is about giving up things that make you more comfortable in exchange for having the freedom to live your life on your terms as opposed to someone else’s.
3. 24 Hours At A Time (1974)
This is at its core a song about missing someone. It doesn’t matter what type of relationship you’re discussing, the song itself is about wanting to be with that particular person, yet being apart from them geographically. It talks about getting through each 24 hours while thinking about the day that you will finally get to be reunited with that person. It’s really a song about finding a way to get through each day, even when you’re dealing with something that makes it challenging to do so.
2. Take The Highway (1973)
This is the perfect song for those days when you feel like you’ve just had enough. Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel like telling someone else that they can have whatever it is that you’ve been doing because you want nothing to do with it anymore? That’s basically what the lyrics to this song are about.
1. Heard It In A Love Song (1977)
Last but not least, you have the song that lands in the number one slot. This is undoubtedly one of their most popular songs ever. The lyrics talk about life imitating art. In the song, the person is singing about never having found true love and hearing love songs throughout his entire life that talk about all of these wonderful feelings that people feel when they fall in love, yet he’s never experienced any of them. Then one day, out of the blue, that special someone shows up in his life and he starts to understand why people write these types of songs because he is now experiencing those same feelings.