As a born-and-raised Southerner, the first time I heard Darius Rucker‘s ode to the South and the South’s best export (a Southern girl), I was immediately taken by the lyrics. Rucker really nailed the typical Southern girl, which he should’ve as a South Carolina native. But, just to make sure he is doing us all justice, I wanted to take a deeper look at the song.
Darius Rucker’s “Southern Style” from a Southern Girl:
Sun kissed hair and not much makeup
In the summer, yes. Otherwise…no. Southern girls wear pearls to football games. You think they’re going without makeup, too?
High-heeled boots that lace up
Two first names that came from
Her grandmas on both sides
She ain’t ever read much Faulkner
But she could’ve been his daughter
All Southerner’s claim William Faulkner as their favorite writer, but most of them are lying. However, this Southern girl is an avid Faulkner reader. “As I Lay Dying” is the book that made me want to become a writer.
She grew up on Muddy Waters
Sure, everyone listens to Muddy Waters in the South. I think.
Southern style, free and easy
Southern style, warm and breezy
If you met her, man believe me
You’d want her to stay a while
Probably true, this particular girl Darius is singing about sounds like a treat!
Says, she don’t believe in strangers
Only sinners with a savior
If I had a dollar…
Cause her mom and daddy raised her
And she still calls him ‘daddy’ even though she’s grown.
She’s a Friday night light lover
The actual football game, the show and totally obsessed with Connie Britton, yes.
A Billy Graham fan like her mother
These days, probably leans more towards Beth Moore and Matt Chandler, but yeah.
Wants her daddy and both brothers
To walk her down the aisle
Yep. And probably will have a first dance with her grandfather, too.
She likes oysters raw for dinner
Depending on which state she actually grew up in though.
Lil’ Wayne and Lynyrd Skynyrd
I have friends that don’t even know how to make playlists with both Lil’ Wayne and Lynyrd Skynyrd on a playlist.
Keeps her tan lines in the winter
You can love her, you can hate her
But you’re never going to change her
If you want her then you’ll take her
And that’s all she wrote.
All-in-all, Rucker totally knows his Southern girls. Really well.
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