Three Chords and the Truth

Celebrating Ken Burns Series on Country Music

Three simple chords make country songs.
But that’s not all. There’s truth!
The pain of loss. The joy of love.
And truckstops in Duluth.

Ken Burns now helps us trace our roots
to Nashville royalty.
There’s Johnny, June, Loretta, Hank.
And don’t forget Doll-y.

It’s more than twang and nasal sounds.
We’re owin’ lots to Buck,
to Merle and Willie, Flat and Scruggs
plus little Tanya Tuck.

The Ryman Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry, too.
These sacred places became church
to folks like me and you.

Dad burn it, Ken. You brought respect
to what some love to hate.
But Country Western, Bluegrass, too,
helped make our nation great.