Nutbush City Limits

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"Nutbush City Limits" is a semi-autobiographical song written by Tina Turner in which she commemorates her rural hometown of Nutbush, Tennessee. Released in June 1973, "Nutbush City Limits" is one of the last hit singles the husband-wife duo Ike & Tina Turner released together. In the years since, "Nutbush City Limits" has been performed by a number of other artists, most notably Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, and Turner herself has re-recorded several different versions of the song. In Australia, this song is often played at weddings and community events, and people dance the Nutbush. As an unincorporated rural community, Nutbush does not have official city limits; rather, its general boundaries are described by signs reading "Nutbush Unincorporated" which are posted on the local highway. 


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A church house, gin house
A school house, outhouse
On highway number nineteen
The people keep the city clean
They call it Nutbush
Oh, Nutbush
Call it Nutbush city limits

Twenty-five was the speed limit
Motorcycle not allowed in it
You go t'the store on Friday
You go to church on Sundays
They call it Nutbush, little old town
Oh, Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

You go to the fields on week days
And have a picnic on Labor Day
You go to town on Saturday
But go to church every Sunday
They call it Nutbush
Oh, Nutbush
They call it Nutbush city limits

No whiskey for sale
You get caught, and no bail
Salt pork and molasses
Is all you get in jail
They call it Nutbush
Oh, Nutbush
Yeah, they call it Nutbush city
Nutbush city limits

Lil' old town on the Tennessee, that's called
Quiet little old community
A one-horse town
You have to watch
What she's puttin' down
In old Nutbush, they call it Nutbush...

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Ike & Tina Turner

Ike & Tina Turner were an American musical duo composed of the husband-and-wife team of Ike Turner and Tina Turner. The duo started as an offshoot splinter act from Ike Turner's The Kings of Rhythm before the name changed to the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The duo was once considered "one of the hottest, most durable, and potentially most explosive of all R&B ensembles". more »

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Written by: Tina Turner

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