1980 | Country
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“Makin' their way the only way they know how. -- That's just a little bit more than the law will allow."
- The song hit #21 on Billboard's Hot 100, #1 on Hot Country & #22 on the Cashbox Top 100 charts.
- As the narrator for the movie Moonrunners (1975), Jennings was tapped to serve in the same capacity for The Dukes of Hazzard which premiered on CBS in 1979 and was based on Moonrunners.
- The television show version features Larry McNeely's banjo work which the commercially available version does not.
THE HOT TAKES
Simple song, but a good 'un. We have here some boys, doing their thing. What is that thing? Who knows. But we know they're good, and the law has a problem with them. Sounds like a hero's journey, right? Acting according to higher principles ("the good,") facing adversity...you know, the stuff of legends.
This song was written by the one and only, Waylon Jennings, who also narrated the show and the movie, Moon-runners, that inspired it. The line "Making their way the only way they know how, that's just a little bit more than the law will allow," how silly laws can be. Laws are magic spells that witches, called politicians, come up with to mesmerize people into false ideas of what's right and wrong, often not on actual ethical grounds, but just because the law says so. In the show the Duke boys and their family and friends were always doing the right thing in spite of the law and crooked politicians. I can't imagine a show being allowed on television today that is directed at young people and has the cops and politicians as the bad guys.
Tomorrow's song is a bit more detailed in it's approach to moonshining but this one does hit an angle that I think that one is gonna miss. I specifically like the idea that the mountain might get em but the law never will. This lyric sticks out to me because I think of it as natural law. We are all acted upon by the natural laws of life like gravity and friction. When we talk about laws though we compartmentalize the rules we choose to live by. The ones enforced by the government. These laws are often at odds with the natural ways in which people and nature act/react. Human beings are more than capable of associating with people who woulod choose more congruent living patterns in lui of top down control by an elite class. Any elite class can be decided by far more advantageous systems like economics.