February 25.2016 – Story Behind “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” by Keith Urban

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“John Deere, John Cougar, John 3:16” is written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman (From Glenvar High School) and Josh Osborne, It’s the poetic use of the three John’s and what each represents to me,” Keith Urban said. The song also references many more well-known names, including John Wayne, Kris Kristofferson, Don McLean, and Marilyn Monroe.
The first single from Keith Urban’s ninth studio album

Shane McNally explained to Billboard magazine how the three titular Johns tie in together. “John Cougar references all the sort of sexual tension of teenage angst all of us were growing up in,” he explained. “John Deere represents the way that our parents worked and what we saw living in the country, and of course [there’s] the element of religion. And [there’s] irony in John Cougar starting the line, and John 3:16 ending the line because that was the push and pull of that teenage thing.”

When Keith Urban first saw the title, he was immediately intrigued about the song. “I saw the title of the song first and was curious to what that song would be,” he told Lon Helton, host of the syndicated Country Countdown USA. “Some songs grab me at first listen. Other songs creep up on me. I love those songs too, but this was immediate. I played it maybe three times, and then went and grabbed my guitar and came out and I sort of sang along with it, and I thought, ‘I think this really, really suits me. I love this song, and I think it suits me.'”

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Lyrics:
I’m a 45 spinning on an old Victrola
I’m a two strike swinger, I’m a Pepsi Cola
I’m a blue jean quarterback saying “I love you” to the prom queen
In a Chevy
I’m John Wayne, Superman, California
I’m a Kris Kristofferson Sunday morning
I’m a mom and daddy singing along to Don McLean
At the levee

And I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden, never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open, on the boulevard of broken dreams
And I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

Hey, hey
Everything I needed
That’s right

I’m Mark Twain on the Mississippi
I’m Hemingway with a shot of whiskey
I’m a TV dinner on a tray trying to figure out the Wheel of Fortune
I’m a Texaco star, I’m a Gibson guitar
I’m still a teenage kid trying to go too far
I’m a jukebox waiting in a neon bar for a quarter

I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden, never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open, on the boulevard of broken dreams
And I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

I spent a lot of years running from believing,
Looking for another way to save my soul
The longer I live, the more I see it, there’s only one way home

I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden, never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open, on the boulevard of broken dreams
And I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by rock and roll
Marilyn Monroe and the Garden of Eden, never grow up, never grow old
Just another rebel in the great wide open, on the boulevard of broken dreams
And I learned everything I needed to know from John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

(John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16)
Everything I needed
(John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16)
Everything I needed
(John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16)
That’s right

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