There’s going to be a theme this week so I hope you hang on for the ride.
We’re going to be looking at Toby Keith the next couple of days.
Since it’s Wednesday we’re going to look at Toby’s last album and a song from that record that didn’t make the cut as a single. It’s still a classic Toby song and one he co-wrote with Scotty Emerick.
I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’ – Toby Keith
The Toby Keith & Scotty Emerick team has been one of my favorites. There was just something about the songs those two would write that would make for hits. The songs are always different, clever and catchy.
This one is a great story song.
It’s a bad luck kind of song. You have a guy that starts out with a high school sweetheart. Then he heads off on a job for a few months. He comes back only to find that his best friend and his girl ran off together.
Then the poor guy gets a promotion at the mill after working hard for a long time only to find out that the mill had been sold and his job had been eliminated.
The hook of the song is that the guy will probably see his ship come in, but he won’t be there to watch it come into harbor because he’ll be out at sea fishing.
If you’ve lived life at all you’ve probably felt this way at some point. We all go on runs of bad luck and it can seem impossible that it will end anytime soon.
To me, this is a great example of what Toby and Scotty could do with songs. It’s a story song. It’s an emotion that just about everybody can relate to and it’s really catchy.
And it has that little edge that makes you think the narrator in the song is okay with being a little rundown on his luck.
Great song that I think could have been a hit.
What do you think?