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Without saying a single word, Hank Williams Jr. dropped a brand-new song overnight that had fans in a frenzy. The country legend has stayed suspiciously quiet about several controversial topics the last few years, and now we know why.
He was saving it all for a song, which he released quietly on October 4th on his official YouTube channel. He didn’t mention a word anywhere on social media, letting his lyrics speak for him. The song is centered around a highly controversial topic – the NFL National Anthem protests that have been going on for the last couple years.
Bocephus wastes no time expressing his feelings about the controversial topic with the title of the song, “Take A Knee, Take A Hike.”
It is unknown whether the song will be released as a single, or if there is any other music following it – but we do know it was released on the country legend’s independent imprint, Bocephus Records and is only available on YouTube.
“Oh, how we all love Monday night / When my song is done everyone’s so pumped and hyped,” he sings in the opening lyrics. “Some won’t stand for the anthem and that’s their right / Well, freedom isn’t free / Our military means our liberty, so if you’re gonna take a knee, take a hike.”
He backs up his argument throughout the song with references to Merle Haggard’s hit “Fightin’ Side of Me” as well as his 2012 song “We Don’t Apologize For America.”
“Take A Knee, Take A Hike” has a traditional country feel with an outlaw twist brought to life with fiddle and steel guitar instrumentals.
Hank Jr. has a long relationship with the NFL. He served as the Monday Night Football theme song singer for more than two decades until 2011.
He was brought back 2017 and was joined by country duo Florida Georgia Line and pop singer Jason Derulo. The same footage and song are being used again for the 2018 season.
Listen to “Take A Knee, Take A Hike” in the video below.