The Real Meaning of the “Old Town Road” Lyrics
Claire Miles - January 26, 2020

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Out of all the Cyrus clan, Billy Ray was the last of them we thought we wanted new music from. And a year ago, most people didn’t even know who Lil Nas X was. That all changed when Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X collaborated on the hit song “Old Town Road.” The hip-hop/country crossover shocked and shook the music industry, totally colliding two words that don’t necessarily seem to mesh well. But the result was amazing and the songs popularity just won’t stop.

Lil Nas X actually called the genre “country trap.” “Old Town Road” has blown up and is one of the hottest tracks going into the 2020 Grammys. So, given its popularity since 2019, we have the answers to some pressing questions.

The lyrics, “Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road / I’m gonna ride ’til I can’t no more” is apparently very deep. Lil Nas explained to Genius that the song represents the path to success, wealth, fortune, and all that good stuff he’s experiencing right now. Lil Nas X believes his opportunities are limitless, hence why he’s going to ride ’til he can’t no more. “I got the horses in the back” represents how Lil Nas X is traveling on his journey to success, and his acknowledgement of the talent he has to give to the world. The lyrics “Ridin’ on a horse, ha / You can whip your Porsche” are meant to show he knows he has the talent to make it in hip-hop.

“Can’t nobody tell me nothin’ / You can’t tell me nothin’” These lyrics are a message to anyone who doubts the 20-year-old singer. He won’t let anything bring him down on his way to the top.