Against the Grain Lyrics

Garth Brooks


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Bruce C. Bouton, Carl E. Jackson, Larry E. Cordle
album: Track 1 in album Ropin' the Wind
release date: 1991-9-10
popularity : 16 users have visited this page.
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 2:23

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Garth Brooks Ropin' the Wind cover art
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Folks call me a maverick
Guess I ain't too diplomatic
I just never been the kind to go along
Just avoidin' confrontation
For the sake of conformation

And I'll admit I tend to sing a different song
But sometimes you just can't be afraid
To wear a different hat
If Columbus had complied
This old world might still be flat

Nothin' ventured, nothin' gained
Sometimes you've got to go against the grain
Well, I have been accused
Of makin' my own rules
There must be rebel blood
Just a-runnin' through my veins
But I ain't no hypocrite
What you see is what you get
And that's the only way I know
To play the game
Old Noah took much ridicule
For building his great ark
But after forty days and forty nights
He was lookin' pretty smart
Sometimes it's best to brave the wind and rain
By havin' strength to go against the grain
Well, there's more folks than a few
Who share my point of view
But they're worried
If they're gonna sink or swim
They'd like to buck the system
But the deck is tacked against 'em
And they're a little scared
To go out on a limb
But if you're gonna leave your mark
You can't follow like a bunch of sheep
You got to listen to your heart
Go bustin' in like old John Wayne
Sometimes you got to go against the grain
Nothin' ventured, nothin' gained
Sometimes you've got to go against the grain


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Against the Grain
  • 2 Rodeo
  • 3 What She's Doing Now
  • 4 Burning Bridges
  • 5 Papa Loved Mama
  • 6 Shameless
  • 7 Cold Shoulder
  • 8 We Bury the Hatchet
  • 9 In Lonesome Dove
  • 10 The River