As summer passes and a chill catches in the air, we love to bunker down with our favorite fall tunes. The following songs are the perfect way to celebrate the autumn season and all it brings – tailgates, football games, harvests, and more. From celebrating farmers with Luke Bryan to catching pre-game butterflies with Kenny Chesney, you’ll be ready for fall with this playlist of the best fall country songs.
Here’s to the Farmer – Luke Bryan
While this song isn’t about fall specifically, it celebrates an important figure in our country who works hard from the spring till the fall, growing and harvesting crops. This tune will remind you of both the hard work, the sacrifice and the reward of the fall harvest.
Our favorite lyric:
“Here’s to the farmer that plants the fields in the spring, That turn from green to that harvest honey
Hold one up for the banker downtown, That got him on his feet with handshake money
Here’s to the farmer’s wife, That loves him every night
Raising a son, raising a daughter, They gather ’round the table, send it up to the Father
Somehow they get closer when times get harder, Here’s to the farmer”
Autumn’s Not That Cold – Lorrie Morgan
Lorrie Morgan’s classic tune about a lover leaving her muses about how she’s not as lonely as she thought she’d be. She sings about the leaves turning on her just like her lover did, and how change is full of color.
Our favorite lyric sums up how Morgan is letting this life change roll off her back:
“That summer sun was setting, when you set your sights to leave, And I braced myself believing, it would bring me to my knees.
Oh but here it is October, oh the leaves are turning gold. Each night a little bluer, but autumn’s not that cold.”
Harvest Time – Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is known for his lyrics about small-town life and agricultural heavy past-times. His song “Harvest Time” is another tune that describes the hard work that goes into cutting and harvesting crops. Folks who hail from small farming towns will appreciate the autumn-heavy lyrics of this song.
“There’s peanut dust and corn husk drifting through the air tonight
the marching band’s warming up under the football lights
there’s tractor trailers backed up down by the elevators
train track grain car’ll roll in later…”
Chill of an Early Fall – George Strait
This 1991 hit by country legend George Strait is another fall country staple. Although the song isn’t a particularly happy one, talking about a cheating lover who is carrying on with an old friend, it’s a must-listen on any country music list about fall songs. Check out our favorite lyrics to see what we mean.
“And I’ll begin to feel the chill of an early fall.
And I’ll be drinking again and thinking whenever he calls,
There’s a storm coming on, it won’t be too long till the snow falls
Oh I’ll be sobersome,
But when October comes and goes and no time at all
I’ll begin to feel the chill of an early fall.”
The Boys of Fall – Kenny Chesney
“The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney celebrates the traditions and excitement of a traditional American past time. The Friday night lights are celebrated in this ode to high school football and what the team means to the town. Anyone who has played football in the fall season at their school or just cheered from the sidelines will remember the feeling when they listen to this fall-inspired tune.
“Well it’s turn to face the stars and stripes, it’s fighting back them butterflies
it’s call it in the air, alright, yes sir we want the ball
And it’s knocking heads and talking trash, it’s slinging mud and dirt and grass
it’s I got your number, I got your back, when your backs against the wall
you mess with one man, you got us all, the boys of fall.”
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