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Montgomery Gentry Honors Achievements Big And Small In 'Something To Be Proud Of'

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Montgomery Gentry is one of the greatest duos to exist in country music history. Comprised of Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, the duo has managed to place countless singles on the charts, and many have reached the top spot. 

One such song is the duo's single, "Something to Be Proud Of," which was released on May 9, 2005. The single was the fourth and final one Montgomery Gentry released from their album You Do Your Thing, which produced other hit singles such as "You Do Your Thing," "Gone," and "If You Ever Stop Loving Me."

"Something to Be Proud Of" was co-written by Chris Wallin and country music singer/songwriter Jeffery Steele. In the song the narrator shares his father's old story about the things he achieved during Desert Storm. At the same time, the narrator compares his own life to his father's, feeling that he doesn't have as much of a reason to be proud with what he's done.

But as the father tells his son, the life he has with his wife and children is definitely something to be proud of, saying, "If you're doing what you're able/And putting food there on the table/And providing for the family that you love/That's something to be proud of."

Overall, the message of the song is that you don't have to be a war hero or wealthy person to be proud of your life. If you work hard and love your family, that is reason enough to be proud of yourself and what you've accomplished.

With such a powerful message, "Something to Be Proud Of" really hit home with audiences. As a result, the song soared to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and spent two weeks at number one. The song was also a crossover hit and took the 41st spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tune in below to watch the music video for Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of," and you'll soon be able to tell why so many people felt such a personal connection to the song.

How about you? What's something that you're proud of?

LYRICS BELOW

There's a story that my daddy tells religiously
Like clockwork every time he sees an opening
In a conversation about the way things used to be
Well I'd just roll my eyes and make a bee-line for the door
But I'd always wind up starry-eyed, cross-legged on the floor
Hanging on to every word
Man, the things I heard

It was harder times and longer days
Five miles to school, uphill both ways
We were cane switch raised, and dirt floor poor
'Course that was back before the war
Yeah, your uncle and I made quite a pair
Flying F-15's through hostile air
He went down but they missed me by a hair
He'd always stop right there and say...

That's something to be proud of
That's a life you can hang your hat on
That's a chin held high as the tears fall down
A gut sucked in, a chest stuck out
Like a small town flag a-flyin'
Or a newborn baby cryin'
In the arms of the woman that you love
That's something to be proud of

Son graduatin' college, that was mama's dream
But I was on my way to anywhere else when I turned 18
Cuz when you gotta fast car you think you've got everything
I learned quick those GTO's don't run on faith
I ended up broken down in some town north of L.A.
Working maximum hours for minimum wage
Well, I fell in love, next thing I know
The babies came, the car got sold
I sure do miss that old hot rod
But you sure save gas in them foreign jobs
Dad, I wonder if I ever let you down
If you're ashamed how I turned out
Well, he lowered his voice, then he raised his brow
Said, lemme tell ya right now

That's something to be proud of
That's a life you can hang your hat on
You don't need to make a million
Just be thankful to be workin'
If you're doing what you're able
And putting food there on the table
And providing for the family that you love
That's something to be proud of

And if all you ever really do is the best you can
Well, you did it man

That's something to be proud of
That's a life you can hang your hat on
That's a chin held high as the tears fall down
A gut sucked in, a chest stuck out
Like a small town flag a-flyin'
Or a newborn baby cryin'
In the arms of the woman that you love
That's something to be proud of
That's something to be proud of
Yeah, that's something to be proud of
That's something to be proud of
Now that's something to be proud of 
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