Darryl Worley – “Sounds Like Life To Me”

C.M. Wilcox | January 19th, 2009

Darryl Worley Songwriters: Wynn Varble, Darryl Worley, and Phil O’Donnell.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

A guy walks into a bar in search of a friend who has reportedly fallen off the wagon. He finds the friend and asks what’s wrong. The friend runs through a whole list of his troubles, after which the first guy basically says ‘suck it up, you wuss’ and offers to buy the lapsed alcoholic a drink.

Wait, that doesn’t make much sense. Did I miss something?

It might seem a bit unfair to ask someone what’s wrong and then call him a whiner when he obliges by answering, except that the friend’s response actually is a little whiny. His problems–a broken washing machine, a teething baby, putting an elderly mother in a nursing home–are the stuff of everyday life, not great calamities, so the singer isn’t entirely unjustified in thinking that there is a touch of the melodramatic in his friend’s return to the bar.

But for the purposes of this song, “sounds like life to me” is synonymous with “everyone else manages, so why can’t you?” Faced with a friend who seemed unduly overwhelmed by the normal ups and downs of life, a lot people would probably feel the same way. But, significantly, it would just be a feeling.

The song’s message is the sort of thing that you might feel or think–internally, to yourself–but would probably only say out loud if you were a presumptuous windbag. Certainly, the particular situation outlined in the song doesn’t seem to call for any such proclamation. Since the song frames its message as something actually spoken by the singer, he ends up being a pretty unlikable character, which in turn makes this a fairly unpleasant listening experience.

One would have to be enormously insensitive to respond to intimate details of a friend’s personal problems with “Sounds like life to me, it ain’t no fantasy/It’s just a common case of everyday reality.” As common and everyday as problems might seem from the sidelines (or from the writing room), they’re real and particular to the people afflicted by them. Condescending to those people (presuming that they don’t know that life “ain’t no fantasy”) and belittling their problems hardly seems like a helpful or constructive response.

The basic truth ignored by “Sounds Like Life to Me” is that sometimes people just need to vent, and it is best to let them do so rather than chiming in with a pseudo-uplifting, pseudo-philosophical redneck rant.

And if you were the one who inquired about their problems in the first place, it is particularly incumbent on you to hear them out. Otherwise, you just end up seeming like a big jerk.

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  1. Mike Wimmer
    January 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Yeah, I had the same thought when I heard the song. Shame, cause “Tequila on Ice” was one of the more pleasant songs Worley has ever cut.

  2. Rick
    January 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I think Darryl is trying to pick a song with simple sentimentality that he thinks may fly on Top 40 country radio but isn’t quite clued in to what it takes. This song is not “In Color” by any stretch of the imagination. Darryl hasn’t had a real presence on country radio for awhile, and I don’t see this song getting him back in the game. Oh well…

  3. The Confessor
    January 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    More than pretty much any other mainstream artist, Worley let his far right political leanings infect his artistic output.

    After the mindless partisan jingoism of Have You Forgotten I’m predisposed to dislike anything that Worley puts out, but this doesn’t make me immune to the allure of a good cut; Awful Beautiful Life and When You Need My Love are still on my iPod.

    Even so, I think that I’d give the thumbs-down to this track released by any artist; the narrating character just comes across as self-righteous and arrogant, and (as has already been mentioned) not a very good friend.

  4. Paula_W
    January 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Well, I didnt listen to the whole thing – just couldnt – not a Worley fan in the first place and this wont make me one. I was a bit disappointed to find it so unappealing since Wynn Varble was associated with it. I generally like Wynn’s stuff. And truthfully, Wynn just might pull it off a little better, as he tends to inflect humor in his songs where others dont/cant. His version of “Waitin On A Woman” put off a whole different vibe than Brad’s, even though the words and melody are identical. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Brad’s version, I like it a lot).

  5. Evie
    January 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    What in the world does the patriotic song “Have You Forgotten”, recalling the day our country was attacked, have to do with his current album. Right wing jingoism? What nonsense!!

  6. The Confessor
    January 20, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    In the context of its release and publicity, it was an attempt to justify and support the ongoing War in Iraq by blithely citing 9/11 as a reason we should keep fighting it … when it was commonly known at the time that Hussein-era Iraq had naught to do with 9/11. Right-wing, ignorant, pseudo-patriotic jingoism, in other words.

    But I cited my dislike for the song (and for the artist, by extension) merely to mention that my impression of the artist’s entire repertoire is perhaps skewed to an extent by my disgust at his use of his art to advance a militaristic political
    agenda that inflicted great economic and personal harm on our nation.

    But that doesn’t mean that I won’t purchase a good single, provided it really holds my attention; I just don’t think this is a very good single. It’s certainly no Awful Beautiful Life.

  7. Bobby
    January 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I always thought “Awful, Beautiful Life” was shameless in how it, out of nowhere, threw in a line about some cousin in Iraq. It was like the song had a hidden agenda instead of just being a “life is good” type song.

  8. The Confessor
    January 21, 2009 at 7:33 am

    That line kind of threw me at first, but when you read the lyrics it’s just him memorializing the sacrifices of the troops rather than defending the legitimacy of their mission or attacking the war’s detractors.

    And the lyrics and melody are just so damned catchy. :-)

  9. Kathryn
    January 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

    The narrating character just comes across as self-righteous and arrogant, and (as has already been mentioned) not a very good friend? Really, because when I heard this I thought – Finally! A dose of reality – quit complaining and count your blessings. Life is hard, life ain’t fair. Move on.

  10. Rachel
    January 23, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Kathryn: “Life is hard, life ain’t fair. Move on”

    Seriously? Isn’t part of the greatness of country music the ability for everyday people to commiserate with each other about the struggles of life? When Hank Williams sings “I’m so lonesome I could cry” do we say, suck it up buddy, life isn’t fair, move on?” No we don’t, we say, “Yep, I know exactly how he feels, ain’t it a shame”

    I identify with the guy at the bar. Life is hard, even when it isn’t that hard, it will invariably get you down. The ability to talk to a friend about it can be life saving.

    Suffering is one of those great, terrible, universal experiences and country music has classically allowed me to get drunk and cry about whatever was bothering me because I knew the artist felt or had felt the same way. There have been too many songs of late that are like “Everything is fine, don’t worry about a thing.” To me this is not reality, it is a lie that we tell ourselves and other people.

    That is why I so appreciated Hank III’s “Six pack of beer” because though he never points to anything that is especially terrible, he highlights that the grind of daily life still drives people to drink in order to get through it. Now that is a truth that I recognize both in myself and in others.

    No doubt this is inherently self-destructive, but at least it is honest. ‘Moving on’ from this truth is not honest, it ignores human experience by not recognizing that life is in fact hard.

    Also, and more damaging, is that this song isolates people from each other because it doesn’t allow us to reach out and say “You are suffering? I understand, I suffer too.”

  11. joe thoman
    January 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    shut up you pansies. this song kicks ass. this country went downhill when it became politically incorrect to “judge” people. more people need to tell it like it is, like worley. pound sand, you weak knee’d wimps. it’s okay, lay down and die, you have problems. don’t we all?

  12. joe thoman
    January 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    also, he didn’t ask about the problems, they were thrust upon him by the drunk friend’s lady, he was trying to do a solid. hippies. one and all. u disgust me. hug a tree. i’m gonna go bash a baby seal.

  13. Hollerin' Ben
    January 28, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Joe Thoman is my favorite writer for the9513.

  14. Kelly
    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Same here Ben. I have long waited for someone to have the courage to express their desire to club baby seals and lash out against hippies on this site…here’s to you,Joe Thorman, as Bud Light might say, you are a “real man of genius”.

  15. Miss Leslie
    January 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I started to write a response and then the song “Drink Up and Go Home” echoed in my mind.

    “Don’t tell me your troubles, I’ve got enough of my own –
    Be thankful you’re livin, drink up and go home”

    But interesting to note that the writer talks about his recent stint in prison and losing his family. And then he points out the blind man sitting at the bar.

    I went to a Christmas Eve service where the very hip, contemporary preacher talked about dealing with life’s struggles. He cited as an example “getting a scratch on your car”.

    I just wonder if we’re a little out of touch with what the common man truly struggles with. Not the environment, not teething babies, not a washing machine – but with the struggles of relationships. Love, sadness, heartbreak, loss.

    I believe songwriters should be poets – and echo the values and feelings around them. We’re either really out of touch or we’re a much shallower society than I thought.

  16. CMW
    January 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Miss Leslie makes a good point. This song could just as well be titled “Sounds Like Suburban Life to Me.” Of course, those mundane sorts of problems are the ones most likely to resonate with radio’s target audience. When you get into really honest, emotional struggles, you stand the risk of creating music that asks for real engagement instead of passive absorption and thus scares off those all-important soccer moms.

    I would also point out that…

    Don’t tell me your troubles, I’ve got enough of my own
    Be thankful you’re livin’, drink up and go home

    … is a much more authentic and reasonable response than…

    Tell me your troubles
    Gosh, why are you telling me your troubles?

  17. Dan Milliken
    January 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Elaborating on what CM said regarding “Drink Up and Go Home,” I would add that that song is written like a character study which we can choose to apply to our own lives, which is part of what justifies its speaker’s blithe dismissal of his friend, whereas “Sounds Like Life to Me” is blatantly designed to speak directly to the song’s listener (a la “You’re Gonna Miss This”) as much as (if not more than) the actual character in the song, which is part of what makes it seem so presumptuous; it is clearly written to tell us how we ought to handle our problems (and it may or may not be right, but the point is that that’s annoying).

  18. Dan Milliken
    January 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, I speak only in run-on sentences.

  19. william
    January 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    OK for all you weak minded, cry baby, politically correct, emotionally attached folks, let me give you a hint about life. IT COULD CARE LESS WHAT COLOR, GENDER, RACE, OR BEDROOM PREFERENCE YOU ARE. LIFE JUST HAPPENS. And this song reminds every one of just that. every day of your life your going to get beat down and tested and its a measure of your character on how you respond to what life puts in your way. get over your selfs. if you sit there and baby someone with problems how are they to know where the strength of a friend is if all your going to do is give a place to cry. Grow a set! and make your friends in need grow a set as well, when you help them find strength not from A cry on my shoulder moment but from a reality check moment, people find out that life really isn’t all bad.With the yen and yang hard at work just remember that for every bad thing to happen it must have an equal amount of good, for all things need balance. your job is to find the good in all the bad and embrace it. and a personal note to Darryl your doing great love your music and stay true to you to hell with the nay sayers great people are great because they don’t listen to idiots.

  20. Jeremy Garner
    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Where are you people living!? This song makes perfect sense. Maybe you’ve not been through anything lately or haven’t been watching the news. I had a good friend give me some tactful “cowboy up” advice that was very beneficial. We’re gonna have to “suck a lot of things up” if we make it because it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

  21. Chris N.
    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Granted, “sucking a lot of things up” is one way to make money.

  22. vfreim
    January 31, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    I agree with William. Darryl has a great talent and he is a down to earth guy and sometimes someone has to tell a friend that you need to pull yourself together and face life. It makes me mad that you are all so negative about
    Darryl Worley. He is one of the nicest guys in Country Music. And I think the reason Darryl always gets overlooked is because he does not suck up like so many artist do.

  23. AmyP
    February 1, 2009 at 6:12 am

    What the heck…it’s a great song! If you listen to it, you hear that the friend sought out his friend in the bar…listened to his problems, gave him fantastic advice and helped him to see the good in his troubles. The guy in the bar is a real hero…taking care of his family…too many men bail these days when the “washer breaks down” or less… Wyn Varble always gets it right and with Darryl’s voice this song is an anthem to doing what’s right!
    And by the way, the sentiment expressed in Have You Forgotten and that “shameless line” in Awful Beautiful Life keeps you all safe at night!!!

  24. Resa
    February 1, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Just my humble opinion, but it seems like the writer of this article had a nerve tweeked by this song. Has someone told you lately to get over it and get on with it? Seems that way to me. It doesn’t feel or sound like you’re reviewing this song at a professional level.
    I find it refreshing to hear a song that deals with reality. It may not be your reality, but it is a reality none the less. If your friends can’t tell you you’re heading for a screw-up, so straighten up and deal with it, then who can?
    Now for the persons who attacked DW about his feelings in his other songs, you all need a smack up-side the head. The song line refering to Iraq was talking about getting the family together for supper and at one point ‘We said a prayer for cousin Michael in Iraq’ What is wrong with saying a prayer for someone in harms way or mentioning it in a song?
    I salute you Darryl and your strong values to God, country and friends. May you never waiver in your beliefs, and keep on telling it as you see and feel it. There are REAL everyday people out here who ‘get’ your music. We may not always agree with the message, but we get it.
    In Peace,

  25. Juli
    February 1, 2009 at 9:27 am

    The song line refering to Iraq was talking about getting the family together for supper and at one point ‘We said a prayer for cousin Michael in Iraq’ What is wrong with saying a prayer for someone in harms way or mentioning it in a song?

    I suppose it’s too much to ask that Worley actually pronounce “Iraq” correctly. Sure, Eye-rack may make his rhyme scheme work, but it makes him sound like an ignorant hick who’s never watched the news.

  26. AmyP
    February 1, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Too wimpy to even leave your name? Please by all means educate us ignorant hicks on the correct pronunciation of “EYE-RACK” so we won’t offend someone like yourself who is so sensitive!

  27. Resa
    February 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

    ‘I suppose it’s too much to ask that Worley actually pronounce “Iraq” correctly. Sure, Eye-rack may make his rhyme scheme work, but it makes him sound like an ignorant hick who’s never watched the news.’

    Me thinks I touched a nerve too…Making fun of someone’s accent shows alot of ignorance, or the lack of intellect to say something worthwhile… Did you know that the ‘ignorant sounding’ Darryl Worley granduated from college with a degree in biology with a minor in organic chemistry and taught 7th and 8th grade biology for awhile? And by the way at the time the song was written Darryl’s cousin Michael was in Iraq.

    (CM Wilcox is a The9513.com contributor, and author of the popular country music blog Country California.) By the way, are you male or female?

    I am ashamed to admit I’m a California native.

  28. AmyK
    February 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I’ll start with the seemingly never ending slamming of Have You Forgotten. It seems some ignorant people keep feeling the need to spout off about things they have no idea about. Have You Forgotten was NOT written about the war in Iraq. Nowhere in the song does it mention Iraq. And in fact there was no official war in Iraq when Have You Forgotten was written and released. Military operations against Iraq began at around 9:30 PM EST on March 19, 2003. By this date, Have You Forgotten was already in the Top 10 on the charts. In December 2002, Darryl played for the troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait, etc. When he came home he and Wynn Varble wrote the song about the war on terrorism and 9/11. Darryl and the Krew debuted Have You Forgotten at the Grand Ole Opry in January 2003. Within days Darryl’s record label was inundated with requests for the song. By the time they could get the song recorded and released it coincided with the issues in Iraq really heating up and moving close to war, so many thought it was about the war in Iraq but they are WRONG. Bottom line is that it was Darryl and Wynn that wrote the song and THEY should know what inspired the song.

    As for the line in Awful Beautiful Life about praying for Cousin Michael in Iraq – what is so wrong with it. Cousin Michael is not just a character in a song. Darryl does have a Cousin Michael who is in the military and risking his life for our freedom. What is so wrong about praying for him and saying it in a song? We all should be praying for all of those in harms way fighting for our Country.

    Okay, now on to the song that started all this – Sounds Like Life To Me. I think it is a great song. I don’t feel that the character is being insensitive at all. He is trying to get his buddy to see that his problems are not so bad. I mean really what is he supposed to say — Yeah you are right. Your life sucks, you should just go kill yourself. Or maybe he should say your life sucks go home and pack your things and leave your wife and three kids with a possible fourth on the way. Now that would be insensitive. I feel that a true friend, tries to make you feel better. See the bright side, the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes they may not say what you want to hear but it is something you need to hear to get past the problem. He tried to turn the situation around by getting the friend to see that instead of drowning is sorrows, he should be celebrating the fourth child on the way. Look at all the good and not the bad.

    As some others have said, Darryl is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Not just in Country Music but in general. He is friendly, kind, caring, sensitive, giving, and tell it as he sees it. He has always stayed true to himself and wont’ change his opinions because someone wants him to. This world would be a much better place if there were more people like Darryl. Darryl, you are the best. Don’t ever change.

  29. Juli
    February 1, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Please by all means educate us ignorant hicks on the correct pronunciation of “EYE-RACK” so we won’t offend someone like yourself who is so sensitive!

    Okay! http://blogs.abcnews.com/worldview/2009/01/how-to-say-iraq.html

    For what it’s worth, lots of people with southern (or any region) accents manage to pronounce the word correctly, or at least make an effort to do so. Worley just isn’t one of them. But since he was a bio major, I bet he can handle “mitosis.” And really, there just aren’t enough songs about cell division these days.

  30. AmyP
    February 1, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Well thanks…I feel better now that I won’t offend anyone! Let’s make sure Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, Alan Jackson and any other country artists who sing tribute to our military get it right next time…

  31. Stormy
    February 1, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Alan Jackson probably already does, Darryl Worley dosn’t care and Toby Keith will say it however he is paid to say it.

  32. nm
    February 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Yeah, but Jackson can’t tell it from Iran, even though he watches CNN.

  33. AmyP
    February 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Before we forget why we all joined this discussion in the first place…Sounds Like Life To Me…great tune, don’t you think??

  34. James Otto Sweet Heart
    February 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    I am proud to say that I am a day one fan of Darryl and I pray that this song does well for him on the radio. (smiles)

    God bless you and him always!!!

    Holly in East Tennessee

  35. Toni K
    February 1, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Whatever happened to just saying yeah I really like that song or no that is not something I would listen to? Why does it have to go down the nasty road of I don’t like this line in this song, or look at what this song is saying or ther person singing is this or that? How a song comes across to you and what it means to you is what they call your opinion, but does that give you the right to tear apart the artists and writters of the song? Does that give you the right to say someone is trying to use their song for other reasons. I say to all of this: STOP IT!! Granted we are hear to say how we feel about a song, not tear it apart!!!

    I really like the song, what it says to me, which I don’t need to share with anyone, the singer and the writers. I have met Darryl and Wynn and I can honestly say, the nasty, hateful & very disrepectful comments being made by those who feel the need too will only encourage them to write a song about it. Too bad they can’t release a song about the ugly things you are saying about them or how your comments make them feel. Would that song encourage you to say something postive?? Sounds Like Life To Me is a great song, thank you for giving us a great song Darryl and Wynn!!!

  36. vfreim
    February 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I really like that song too and I believe most people will love it too. I am just saddened that some people have to make bad comments about a great entertainer. Who is not only a very talented singer and song writer but also a great person.
    The music is wonderful too it is very catching. Thank you so much Wynn and Darryl for writing a great song.

  37. Carol S.
    February 1, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I to dont understand why Have you forgotten has to be mentioned here. This is about the song Sounds like life to me and if you ask me I think its a great song and will make it to #1. And by the way I spell Iraq correct and I’m a hick.

  38. Patty
    February 2, 2009 at 5:06 am

    I agree with the song….it does sound like life. Life can be very difficult but I think it is helpful to remember that yes it is life and everyone has to face troubles. It is easy to begin to feel like life is picking on you and feel sorry for yourself, a good friend can help you keep perspective that sometimes this is just the way life goes.
    The good news is that life lets us all have our opinion and having seen Darryl in concert this year I can tell you my opinion is that a good song can help you when life does get rough. Thank you to Darryl and the Krew for the laughs, smiles and good time that can help me deal with those down times in life!

  39. Rhonda Smith
    February 2, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Well, once again someone is putting Darryl Worley under the microscope. I won’t go into all the history of how his songs have been attacked because of the timing in which they were released, as I think AmyK clarified that for everyone. I just don’t understand it. Somebody decides they don’t like this song, and tears it apart. This song, is coming out at a perfect time for our country…not that Darryl planned it that way, it just happened. This song has been in the works for over a year, and yet it is released at a time when our economy in America is at its lowest in years! I mean, people can relate to this song. I’m sure there are millions who can sing the line about they didn’t get much work this week and have bills to pay. The implication by the guy in the bar is that he’s at his rope’s end, maybe even suicidal, I don’t know. Anyway, he’s desperate and needs a message of hope. Darryl, as his friend, just tries to help him look at the situation from another angle and tries to help him get himself out of the quicksand he’s drowning in. Life IS tough, and we have to learn a very important concept if we’re to get through it: DEAL WITH LIFE, OR IT WILL DEAL WITH YOU! Times get hard for us as individuals, and times are rough right now in America. We need someone to stand up and put some perspective on it and say something to help us get through these times, and not succumb to them.
    Darryl has done this through this song. Way to go, Darryl!

    I’m just glad that the author of this article is only one opinion. He will not decide the fate of this song…the people who listen to the radio and buy the songs will.

    Oh, and by the way, as far as the pronunciation of “Iraq” goes….this is AMERICA! You say “tomato” and I say “to-ma-to”. You say “potato” and I say “po-ta-to”!

    Enjoy life, love and music!


  40. Jim Kromer
    February 2, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    In response to comments made by C. M. Wilcox, Let’s not be too upset because someone expresses an opinion different than our own. After all Wilcox has a right to his/her opinion even if it is based upon flawed logic. What Wilcox does not have the right to do is to use this forum to bash an artist that he or she obviously does not like or even care to know or understand.

    Darryl Worley is a great singer, song writer and an unpretentious down to earth man with a great heart and soul who knows what everyday life is all about. It is obvious from Wilcox’s remarks that he/she is clueless about life’s problems and how to respond to them. The only person that comes across as a “big jerk” is Wilcox!

    The words in this song are self explanatory and you don’t have to look under a rock to understand them. I like this song and find it uplifting especially with the economic hardships that we are all going through at this time…………..I hope that this song soars to the top of the charts, as many believe it will!!

    Jim Kromer

  41. CMW
    February 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I figured this went without saying, but since it seems obvious that some are construing my review as an attack on Worley himself…

    This review has nothing to do with Worley and everything to do with the song. When, in the course of the review, I argue that “the singer” comes off as distractingly insensitive or obtuse, I’m referring to the character of the singer within the song – in more abstract terms, the speaker.

    I don’t know Worley other than through his music (much of which I do enjoy, by the way). I’m sure he’s a great guy and whatnot, but that has almost nothing to do with the character he has chosen to portray in this particular song, or the allegedly helpful “advice” offered by that character.

  42. hhouse
    February 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    This is a great song, and the comments left by CMW are uncalled for….nasty and ignorant. This song is an applicable one, one in which most of us can relate. Darryl and Wynn, nicely done. You have yourselves another winner! To the top it will go….

  43. CMW
    February 2, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Nasty and ignorant? Really?

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that this review has been linked to by a Worley fan site.

  44. H
    February 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I liked this song better when Craig Morgan sang it. It was one of the hidden tracks on the Little Bit of Life album. It is only on the cd’s bought at Target. Darryl’s is good but Craig’s is better.

  45. wanda keith
    February 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The basic truth of this song is that it gets right to the heart for those of us who live our daily lives facing each struggle that day might bring. All of us have people in our lives who want to show us the way or tell us their view of how we can fix our troubled lives. It’s a rare gift though to have the kind of friend who will take the time to show you that one silver lining in your otherwise troubled life and then help you celebrate it. Darryl Worley has always had the God given gift to give us songs that get right down where we are in life. Souns Like Life is just what the title emplies. A story about real life and the friends who get us through it. Obviously, the reviewer doesn’t see it that way. I am betting when this song hits number 1, it will become clear that country music fans love songs written about the real lives we live and the true friends we are blessed to have walk through life with us.

  46. Samiamadwfan
    February 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Wow. We read way to much into this stuff. Bottom line, the song has a decent enough hook and beat to have a chance to be a hit plus a theme everyone can relate to(country’s best appeal).
    DW is probably not going to approach his chart toppers of the past unless someone hands him a classic song someone on the A list passed on. If this song made it to the Top 20 he should be happy.
    He’s not on a major label plus he marches to the beat of his own drum to such an extent that Nashville may not push him the way they do other artists.
    Yet, anyone who’s met him as a fan raves about what a great guy he is. And I’ve seen and heard that first hand.
    He was without a label for awhile and except for a handful like Strait and Alan Jackson, country isn’t going to push an artist in their mid40s. Most of today’s hit makers such as Dierks and Blake are in their early 30s and you have another group around the 40 year old mark..like Paisley and Urban…
    Ol’ Timmy boy will soon be in legendary Strait and Jackson status…even though he’s not much older than Paisley/Urban but has been around longer making hits
    Bottom line DW is in a position to make the music he wants, if it’s a hit that’s a bonus. The man continues to tour and has enough other business and charity interests to keep him going..

  47. Ann Kyle
    February 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I didn’t think that at all. I thought this was a great song – and I thought that he was being a good friend. Of course, the “buying a drink for someone who just fell off of the wagon” may not be the best idea. But I believe that everyone has problems and hey – get over it! We’re all dealing w/them and I thought the song captured it well. Quit thinking your life is so horrible and move forward.

  48. John
    March 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Song’s okay.

  49. nashville
    April 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    u guys are fools this a very well written song

  50. stormy
    April 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    And nothing says that more profoundly than saying it in textspeak.

  51. walker
    April 14, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    “redneck rant”….

    I have a hard-time believing that the9513 isn’t based out of New York City, instead of Austin, TX. I wonder why the 9513 writers choose to seemingly criticize the country-music listeners as well as the genre itself. I have noticed a pattern of poor reviews/ratings for most of the mainstream artists around this site…

  52. kimberly
    May 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve been going through a really hard time in my life. Aside from all of the personal problems I’ve been having, I also don’t get to see my best friend very often. I’ve been trying to get together with her for a while now and after being blown off a few times, I finally emailed her and told her how I felt.
    When we spoke later that week, she told me to look up this song and that it reminded her of me, but not to take it personally.
    I can’t tell you how much of a slap in the face it was when I read the lyrics.
    I’m sorry that my problems feel trivial to you and I’m really glad that YOU will never have to go through it.

  53. Jess
    May 29, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    When I heard this song for the first time I liked it..I got a completely different perspective on it.. seems to me like the singer is trying to say embrace life and keep the faith that everything will work itself out. Be happy that you are able to experience the downs cuz they come with the ups… guys complaining cuz the baby’s cutting teeth, but at least he has a baby to enjoy, and could have another if his wife’s late…, etc… Seems more like the singer is trying to say “just embrace life, and quit dwelling on the negatives”

  54. Angelina
    June 24, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I guess everyone feels differently about this song “sounds like life to me”! My personal opinion is that, its a great tune. This is real life stuff that is mentioned in this song. I automatically thought of my husand when i heard this song, we are going through some rough times, and i showed him the video, and it made him feel better about whats going on in our lives. Now, when a song does that for someone, that means its a good song. I noticed in a previous comment, someone that it was stupid that he oredered another round for the drunk depressed guy. He did that to show that expecting a baby is not a bad thing, that its somthing to celebrate, Cheers! Not, here buddy keep drinking your sorrows away. He was turning it into a good reson to have a drink. anyway, great song!

  55. Leigh
    July 14, 2009 at 1:48 am

    In an attempt to get off of politics (as, last I checked, the song was just about having a s****y time)…

    Did no one notice that the first few lines of the song have Darryl talking about his friend having “fallen off the wagon” and thus beginning his quest to talk his friend down…. then a verse or two later, he’s ordering more rounds of booze for him and he’s once alcoholic-then sober-then alcoholic friend….


  56. Susan
    August 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I like the song. So many times people sit around and feel sorry for themselves, and like he says it is just life and we just have to live it one day at a time. If you noticed he bought a drink when he said his wife was pregnant . The point of that was he was trying to get him to see the positive in the negative situation. He was trying to get his friend to see the glass as half full not empty.

  57. Chris
    September 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    THANK YOU Leigh!!! Everytime I hear this song (or the few snippets of it before I quickly flip it off…) I always wondered the same thing re: buying a drink for alcoholic friend. The songwriters could have accomplished the same “celebrate a new baby” idea by having the guy buy 2 chocolate milks or something — thus showing true understanding of his friend’s situation.

    This song just rings hollow…it’s a shame that country radio is being overtaken by this kind of dumbing-down.

    Thanks for a well-written review CM! I agree with the9513 about 97% of the time.

  58. J Clark
    October 1, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Sounds like life to me!! I heard this song for the first time the other day. I have been having a few down moments. It hit me as…..get up get moving and take charge of things. There is a lot of things in life that get you down but if you let them look out. All Darryl is saying to me is that everyone has some kind of problem in their everyday life and your not the only one, someone is always worse off then you. That is the way more people should be……blunt and to the point.

  59. Matt G.
    December 2, 2009 at 1:04 am

    Thank you, CM Wilcox, for saying EXACTLY what I was thinking when I heard this song! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who was struck by this tripe that seems constructed solely to appeal to the most base demographic, much like Worley’s previous “Have You Forgotten?” Both songs make me cringe whenever they get airplay.

  60. Jimmy
    January 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I disagree with CM Wilcox. I think that when Darryl says “it’s just a common case of everyday reality” he’s not belittling his friend’s problems, he’s just saying that almost everyone has these down times and that he’s not alone in it. Not to mention, he doesn’t offer his friend a drink he sets up a round for everyone in the bar because his friend’s wife is pregnant. I think that people say the narrator is a jerk because he’s making sense and not talking crap. The narrator isn’t a jerk, he just doesn’t beat around the bush. I think people underestimate this song. Sometimes we do just gotta suck it up…

    March 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I agree with Jimmie. The writer is just telling his friend to suck it up because that’s what the friend needs to do!! The friend acts like he’s the only one in the entire world that has problems, so he does need to “suck it up”!! I love Darryl Worley and this song does make sense. He just doesn’t beat around the bush

  62. Jimmy
    April 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you sylvia!

  63. Joe
    July 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    You people need to get a life. Sitting around calling the main character in a fictional song presumptuous. Get a life losers.

  64. Jason
    May 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    It doesn’t matter what any of you think of his songs. How many top ten hits have any of you written?

  65. Stephen H.
    May 23, 2011 at 3:30 am

    And why should your opinion matter more than ours? How many top ten songs have YOU written?

    And as it stands, this song wasn’t a top-ten song, so apparently it was a failure anyway.


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