I Wish Grandpas Never Died – Riley Green

The Alabama native released the song on the radio after a video of him acting alone went viral. Fan and media response was immediate and passionate, even Brad Paisley stopped his show for a cover last summer.

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This song was already being heard everywhere since the end of August of last year and until now enters the Hot 100 of Billboard 2020. The lyrics are dedicated to grandfather Buford, who pushed him to Riley to sing songs of Merle Haggard, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams and others. Riley played the guitar and the grandfather accompanied him with the harmonica. “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” a tribute a decade later, a hit that appears on the album “‘Round Here”.
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Riley Green feels every lyric of I Wish Grandpas Never Died during this acoustic version of his song.
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“I never thought it was a big radio hit or anything like that,” Green told Rolling Stone before the album came out. “I just thought it was kind of a personal thing for me — kind of a tribute to my granddaddies, and saying, these are some of the things they thought were important that also mean something to me and that maybe aren’t so important in this day and age.”
Riley Green (born October 18, 1988 in Jacksonville, Alabama) is an American country music singer. His had his first success with the single “There Was This Girl” in 2018. He released an album, Different ‘Round Here, in September 2019.

 

I Wish Grandpas Never Died – Riley Green

[Verse 1]
I wish girls you loved never gave back diamond rings
I wish every porch had a swing
Wish kids still learned to say “sir” and “ma’am”, how to shake a hand
I wish every state had a Birmingham

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish everybody knew all the words to Mama Tried
I wish Monday mornings felt just like Friday nights

[Chorus]
And I wish even cars had truck beds
And every road was named Copperhead
And coolers never run out of cold Bud Light
And I wish high school home teams never lost

And back road drinkin’ kids never got caught
And I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high
I wish honky tonks didn’t have no closing time
And I wish grandpas never died

[Verse 2]
I wish Sunday’s on a creek bank would never end
Wish I could learn to drive again
Wish the first time, seventeen, she was my everything kiss in a Chevrolet could happen every day

[Pre-Chorus]
I wish everybody overseas was gonna make it home
I wish Country music still got played on Country radio

[Chorus]
And I wish even cars had truck beds
And every road was named Copperhead
And coolers never run out of cold Bud Light
And I wish high school home teams never lost

And back road drinkin’ kids never got caught
And I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high
I wish honky tonks didn’t have no closing time
And I wish grandpas never died

Never died

[Bridge]
And I wish good dogs never got grey and old
I wish farms never got sold

[Chorus]
And I wish even cars had truck beds
And every road was named Copperhead
And coolers never run out of cold Bud Light
I wish high school home teams never lost

And back road drinkin’ kids never got caught
And I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high
I wish honky tonks didn’t have no closing time
And I wish grandpas never died

I wish grandpas never died