That's Right (You're Not from Texas)

That's Right (You're Not from Texas)

Infobox Song
Name = That's Right (You're Not from Texas)
Artist = Lyle Lovett/Ramsey/Rogers
Album = "The Road to Ensenada" (1996)
Released = June 18, 1996
track_no = 4
Genre = Country, Rock
Length = 4:54
Writer = Lovett
Label = Curb
prev = Fiona
prev_no = 3
next = Who Loves You Better
next_no = 5

"That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" is a song on Lyle Lovett's 1996 album "The Road to Ensenada".

Due to its use in a series of advertisements promoting Texas tourism, the phrase has also come to be used independently to describe the quirky and sometimes misunderstood attitudes associated with Texas.


"That's Right" is a lighthearted song that lightly mocks the popularity of cowboy fashions in urban settings, and reflects the general sense of Texan pride that newcomers and outsiders often misunderstand.

The second verse is a tribute to the members of Uncle Walt's Band, a band actually from South Carolina who later became associated with the Austin, Texas country music scene.

Those boys from Carolina They sure enough could sing But when they came on down to Texas We all showed them how to swing

Now David's on the radio And old Champ's still on the guitar And Uncle Walt he's home with Heidi Hiding in her loving arms

Lovett was a huge fan of Uncle Walt's band as a college student, and Lovett had gone on to produce Hyatt's 1990 album "King Tears". Walter Hyatt died a month before the release of this album.

Other media

In 1999, the Texas Tourism board ran an ad campaign featuring Lyle Lovett singing the refrain "That's Right, You're Not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway." [ [ Lyle Lovett - other works] from IMDB]

Possibly because of the national exposure of the ad campaign, the phrase has been used independently, even in non-musical contexts as a general expression conveying Texans' sometimes baffling customs. Roger Ebert titled a compilation of responses to his review of the movie "Friday Night Lights" "That's right you're not from Texas", in which most of the writers rebuked Ebert for misunderstanding the devout Texan football culture. [ [ "That's right, you're not from Texas"] by Roger Ebert, originally published in the Chicago Observer on October 17, 2004.] Garrison Keillor used the same title for a tribute to Molly Ivins, explaining that she exemplified and celebrated a distinct Texan attitude that many others didn't understand. [ [ "That's Right, You're Not From Texas"] by Garrison Keillor, originally published in the Texas Observer on February 9, 2007.]


Allmusic's review of "The Road to Ensenada" praises several songs on the album as being "funny without being silly". [ [ Review of "The Road to Ensenada"] from Allmusic]


External links

* [ "That's Right (You're Not from Texas)" lyrics]

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