Fire On The Mountain
1974 | Country
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“But I ain't asking nobody for nothin' if I can't get it on my own. -- If you don't like the way I'm livin' you just leave this long-haired country boy alone."
- The song hit #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #27 on the Hot Country Singles chart.
- Fire on the Mountain is the fifth studio album by Charlie Daniels and the first as The Charlie Daniels Band.
- It was first released as a single in April, 1975 and was re-released as a single in January, 1980.
THE HOT TAKES
Cynical as hell! Why do preachers ask for donations? Why do you want to mess with my life? I'm minding my own business, so why can't you mind yours? These questions might seem unsophisticated, but they're founded in a firm sense of justice as far as I can tell. Each of us has a right to control our own destiny. We can't choose our cards, but we can choose how to play them. If the house wants to cheat, we ought to be able to call them out--whether that's religion, the state, or anyone else.
This song is a bit of a libertarian manifesto. I'll be responsible for me and mine and you can be responsible for you and yours. Lave each other alone and we'll get along just fine.
I love the hook of this song so much. It get's right to the core of voluntaryism. Your life is your own and it's not anyone elses position or responsibility to define how or if you can live your life. We each have different value systems and a right to live them out as we see fit as long as it doesn't include aggression on others. If you want to chase money and women that is your prerogative. If chilling by a river poor smoking weed is all you aspire to that is also your prerogative. As long as you're not asking this lifestyle to be subsidized there should be no issue. This song is fun and yet so poignant in its lyrics. It's easily one of my favorites on this list.