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50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs – #12: “Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks

April 21, 2008

The Ultimate Hits ( Garth Brooks )50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs: #12

“Callin’ Baton Rouge” by Garth Brooks

Album: “In Pieces”, “The Ultimate Hits”

Chart Peak: #2

City, State, or Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

One of Garth’s most popular and memorable tunes came in the form of a “man-on-the-move” song in the early 90s. This song surrounds the everyday life of such people as truckers, businessmen and even country singers as Garth plays one who is looking forward to his return to Louisiana to be with the girl he loves. Awesome beats, signature instrumental combinations and one of country music’s most effective songs from the 1990s are what came from this Baton Rouge based tune. Garth makes a shout out to the Louisiana town while giving fans an inside look into the life of a man who’s work forces him to be away for periods of time.

Garth begins the song as a man recalling the previous night. He brings in a girl in Louisiana and remembers the fun they had before he left. Following this short reminiscent line in the song he returns to the present and reveals that he is still thinking about her the next day. He also states that every hundred miles he stops to call her. What is neat about the first verse is that he refers to himself as a child which can be taken as both a reference to his mother as the woman or as a romantic reference to a romantic partner. The second verse narrows it to a romantic relationship as he once again recalls the events of the night before, including the fact that some are clouded by red wine. Garth also suggests his character to be a trucker by referring to his stopping at a truck stop for coffee and change for the pay phone to call the girl.

The final verse find the man calling the girl, apparently named Samantha, and promising when he returns they will be together all the time. In anticipation of that time he promises to spend all the money he has calling her in Baton Rouge until he returns home. The chorus has the man calling the operator, an ancient feature for people these days, asking him or her to put him through to Baton Rouge longing to talk to the girl, Samantha, one more time. The very end of the song has Garth calling it “his” Baton Rouge, personifying the Louisiana town in relation to Samantha. He reveals that when his apparent love for her is as strong and as valuable as his loved for his home in Baton Rouge.

One of Garth’s earliest signature hits helped give an anthem to travelers everywhere and give Baton Rouge a popular name in the genre. Garth makes reference to Baton Rouge as the place where his character’s love interest awaits him and a place for him to call home. Basically this song gave a whole new and entertaining feel to “home is where the heart is” and allowed fans to understand what a person goes through when they must leave their home for days or weeks at a time to make a living and are forced to be away from the ones they love so much. Not to mention Garth’s using Baton Rouge for any reason makes it a city worth noticing in the eyes and ears of country fans everywhere.

Location of Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

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13 Comments leave one →
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