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We are . . .Real Hillbillies

Updated on June 6, 2012

Hillbilly. That's us

happy as a lark. Hunting, fishing, and being free.
happy as a lark. Hunting, fishing, and being free.

(Some of) hillbilly life explained

IF 'WE" GET OUR HEADS SET, DON'T TRY 'N CHANGE US.
IF 'WE" GET OUR HEADS SET, DON'T TRY 'N CHANGE US.
"WE" HAVE MEETINGS AND REUNIONS JUST LIKE OTHER AMERICANS.
"WE" HAVE MEETINGS AND REUNIONS JUST LIKE OTHER AMERICANS.
EVEN IN 2012 "WE" KEEP OUR TRADITIONAL HILL MUSIC ALIVE.
EVEN IN 2012 "WE" KEEP OUR TRADITIONAL HILL MUSIC ALIVE.
WE DO NOT NEED MANSIONS IN ORDER TO CALL A PLACE OUR HOME.
WE DO NOT NEED MANSIONS IN ORDER TO CALL A PLACE OUR HOME.

"We" are a Proud People

we should be. We helped to make "your" country your home. We built the first roads, dug the first wells and first to eat wild game to stay alive. We are . . .real hillbillies.


we should be a vanished lot by now. But someone up above disagrees. We live our lives by our wits, nerves, "hill" sense and suffer in degrees.

we don't run from fights, demons or work. Up at peeking sun. In bed when our workin', night fishin' and trappin' is done. We are . . .real hillbillies.


got here back in '65. Nobody but my wife, son, and uncle Jebb that walked alive. With eyes clear, and a very rare tear, we set out to settle and make this land our home.

Nobody told us in the old country twas' gwine be easy. We never expected it was. Just sweat, scars, scabs and when one of us left, maybe a few lilies. We are . . .real hillbillies.


deer meat for breakfast. Wild turkey for dinner. No bills, taxes, or government to hinder.

reading by coal oil, learnin' "the way," and granddaddy talkin' to the Good Lord night and day.

seldom we laughed. But love we did. We are a bonded lot for pride runs like blood.

bare feet, bare hands, and a clear will to see. A roof. A bed. And a good family name for me.

We are . . .real hillbillies.


floods come quick and took our lands. Built it back with backs of tan.

Night time music by crickets so sweet. Hound dog sleeping faithful at my feet.

Darkness says a good day's over yonder. No time for dreamin'. No goods to squander.

Workin' in dust too thick to see. We are . . .real hillbillies.


wife give me another son. That makes three, and daughter makes four

my aches are worth my pain and hurt. I live. I work. And soon I will be only dirt.

Happiness comes in short, quick drams. We stop. We sing. Knowin' Jesus is around.

I hear that "Thompson's" raisin' a stand of bees. We are . . .real hillbillies.


we hear "that" soft sinking sound. Crushing our tracks. Stealin' my grounds.

we're innocent. We just lived here. Worked and died. Stood quietly as we felt our freedoms die.

we trusted when we should have questioned, "how long o' progressive man?"

will ye' spare us from ye' deathly hands? What's a few rocks, dandelions or trees?

it's our life you see. We are . . .real hillbillies.


all that stands now is a thought. Of me, "Katherine," and our lot.

how we loved, danced and lost. Only our Father will ever know our cost.

all that remains is my faded name. With nobody righteous to own up the blame.

we're more than rocks, hills, and blue eyes that wonder, but never see . . .

we are . . .real hillbillies.

When "we" hill folk go to town

we don't mind people staring at us. May be that they've not seen anything pretty as me.
we don't mind people staring at us. May be that they've not seen anything pretty as me.

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      tsmog, what can I say but "thanks," and a "wow," too. You are way too kind. Sermon? That was a first for any of my works. Try reading, "Dangerous Sheep," or "Losing her," maybe "One final glimpse," that I publishe and we will meet later to discuss the texts.

      This meeting of Hub Congress is in recess until the speaker of the house wakes up.

      Kenneth

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello again, I had to come back and see this little ditty of great praise and home style cook'n. The phrases are so powerful, reminding me a tad of the constitution, they could cause a stance for liberty.

      I at times write from spontaneity, that said I seem to have an image of Gary Cooper portraying the part of Sgt. York, a bunch of red-tailed hawks escorting friendlies over Germany, something like rock candy, and a bunch of good ol' boys strum'n and pounding on tin cans.

      I was wondering, of the inspiration, that caused all this ruckus written poetically and with justice. This poem could be said is a miraculous bunch of words, by some, one for sure.

      I look forward to reading more of this great poet, whose words are close to a sermon, and knows of horses and mules. Thank You . . .

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear catgypsy,

      Thank you kindly, good friend. Ahhh, the title. My trap worked. LOL. Titles can be deceiving? Or is that looks? Glad that YOU liked this. That means a lot.

      Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Bobbi,

      I agree with you. The people of the hills, in the real early days, were so interesting just in their daily lives that I belive that more hit movies, good movies, could be made in the hill country. Of course, with these good people's permission.

      Remind me sometime to email you about a range of hills near where I live, a dangerous place for outsiders, Freedom Hills, in Franklin County, Alabama.

      Thanks again!

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thanks, Victoria,

      for your lovely comment. I have missed you a lot. Glad to hear from you. You helped make my day a bit brighter. No, a LOT brighter.

      Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, tsmog,

      your comment could easily be written into a hub. That shows just how talented YOU are.

      And thanks so much for the colorful thoughts.

      Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Susan, LOL, me too. And I can even strum a few guitar chords like Ronny Cox did in Deliverance. What a movie. In parts. Not all scenes were good.

      Thanks for your support and votes, Susan. Hope something really good happens to you today--maybe a ride in a Yellow Cab???

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Angela,

      I haven't either. But I HAVE eaten deer meat at at Halloween party a few years ago over in Itawamba County, Mississippi at my youngest sister-in-law's house. No joke. And it was fabulous!!!!

      Thanks for the visit and come back soon.

      Kenneth

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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Jaye,

      thank you, dear friend, for your commments and sadly, no I just bang out what I want to say in daytime before my old body gets to aching too bad then I finish up the next day.

      I find that writing several hubs ahead and then posting later saves time . . .and my Ol' hillbilly back!

      Thanks again!

      Kenneth

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      catgypsy 

      6 years ago from the South

      Wow, very touching Kenneth. I expected it to be funny by the title, but it was very moving!

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      PurvisBobbi44 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Kenneth,

      I loved this one---and I love to write about the Appalachian people who lived in the mountains in 1800's. These are the best people who worked hard, but have a lot of pride.

      Great Hub Kenneth,

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great piece of work. I like the rhythm. And I love deer meat and wild turkey, too! Great job, Kenneth, and I hope you are doing well these days. Many votes!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I agree with Sueswan, yet for some reason it is an old tub, some horse hair or maybe a mule's, darn I own neither so chicken wire will have to do, and an old mop handle. Odd, I'm thinking of Jedidiah and Jeremiah too, whoops, wrong hills, but maybe they will do.

      The Appalachians bring fond memories, never really been to the ozarks. Neither nor just remember to watch out for those flatlanders, even though they sung for a horse whisperer, hillbillies have mules, and if'n recollecting rightly, it only took a little bite of the ear. . .

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      Hi Kenneth,

      Love it! This would make a great song. I can hear the banjo playing.

      Voted up up and away.

      Have a great weekend. :)

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Love this one also, although I have not eaten deer meat for breakfast!

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Kenneth, you are writing so many hubs lately you must be staying up all night at the computer keyboard exercising your digits and that fertile imagination!

      JAYE

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, wynnestudios,

      oh, you are very welcome. Appreciate your time in reading this hub. I really do.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Kenneth

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Debra,

      thank you so very much. That means a lot to me. You have a blessed day.

      Kenneth

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      wynnestudios 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Yeehaw!!!! Thanks for the laughs!

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      Debra Emerson 

      6 years ago

      It is very good. I enjoy reading it so much. Keep it up!

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