November 5.2015- Story Behind “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” by Travis Tritt

Travis Tritt is in town tonight at the Salem Civic Center and you can still get tickets at the Salem Civic Center Box office. If you go to the Box office, you can save a few dollars by avoiding the on line fees. 1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, VA 24153 (540) 375-3004
This is my favorite Travis Tritt song, although it is tough to decide on just one! It’s become my anthem and mantra! I just love the positive message and rice cookin’ in the microwave! It makes me smile. Any day truly is a “great day to be alive”! ~Robynn

Hear the story behind the song here!

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Hear the story behind here!


“It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” a big hit for Travis Tritt, was written by singer/ songwriter Darrell Scott.

The song was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Jon Randall, (co-writer on the hit song “Whiskey Lullaby” and was married to Lorrie Morgan at one time). It was to have been included on an album titled Great Day to Be Alive, which would have been released in the late 1990s via BNA Records.

The song was also recorded by The Sky Kings, an American country-rock supergroup consisting of Bill Lloyd (Foster and Lloyd), Rusty Young (Poco), and John Cowan (New Grass Revival) around 1995/1996. Their version sat unreleased until Rhino Handmade released the compilation “From Out Of The Blue” in 2000.

The song was later covered more successfully by Travis Tritt.

“It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” was released in December 2000 as the second single from the album Down the Road I Go. The song peaked at number 2 , where it stayed for 4 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts,the weeks of April 21, April 28, May 5th and May 12.200.1 It was Jessica Andrews”Who I Am” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothin’ “Bout You” that held “Great Day” off from reaching the number one slot!

“It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” landed at the top of the year end “Best Country Songs of 2001”
according to Billboard Magazine.

“It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” was later covered by Pat Green (“Wave On Wave”) and Cory Morrow on their March 2001 album Songs We Wish We’d Written.

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LYRICS: Written by Darrell Scott

I got rice cookin’ in the microwave
Got a three day beard I don’t plan to shave
And it’s a goofy thing but I just gotta say, hey
I’m doin’ alright

Yeah I think I’ll make me some homemade soup
I’m feelin’ pretty good and that’s the truth
It’s neither drink nor drug induced, no
I’m just doin’ alright

And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin’
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t everyday be just this good

It’s been 15 years since I left home
And said good luck to every seed I’d sown
gave it my best and then I left it alone
I hope they’re doin’ alright

Now I look in teh mirror and what do I see
A lone wolf there starin’ back at me
Long in the tooth but harmless as can be
Lord I guess he’s doin’ alright

And it’s a great day to be alive

I know the sun’s still shinin’
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t everyday be just this good

Sometimes it lonely, sometimes it’s only me
And the shadows that fill this room
Sometimes I’m fallin’, desperately callin’
Howlin’ at the moon, ah-ooh

Well I might go get me a new tattoo
Or take my old Harley for a three day cruise
Might even grow me a Fu Man Chu

And it’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin’
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t everyday be just this good

It’s a great day to be alive
I know the sun’s still shinin’
When I close my eyes
There’s some hard times in the neighborhood
But why can’t everyday be just this good

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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