Ray Stevens, ‘The Skies Just Ain’t Friendly Anymore’ – Song Spotlight
Country's most famous comedic singer, Ray Stevens, has just released his newest single, 'The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore.' The song stays true to Stevens' style, which incorporates satire and jokes to comment on the current state of affairs in the US.
In 'The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore,' Stevens sings about his dismay towards the TSA and their new, heavy-handed searching methods in airports. Stevens is definitely not the only who feels this way about the TSA, as a huge number of people over the past few months have talked about feeling violated by the TSA's airport searches.
The song, which was written by Buddy Kalb, is a collection of stories that he heard from friends who underwent the invasive search process. Backed by an upbeat country tune featuring twangy guitars and banjos, Stevens sings in his thick Georgia accent about these horrible airline experiences.
"I took off my shoes, my rings and watch / Then a guy said I need to check your crotch / And I’ll need to see all your liquid toiletries," Stevens sings. "He gave me a grope, a squeeze and a pat /And I’ll tell you friends when I go to the vet / They treat my old bird dog with more dignity."
Stevens, who is an outspoken conservative, talked about his motives for recording the song. "During the busy holiday travel season when undignified airport searches were reported on a daily basis, Americans began to say 'Enough is Enough!,'" said Stevens. "Traveling this great country and around the world is a wonderful freedom. We should not surrender our basic rights and dignity for a little security."
The song 'The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore' will be featured on Stevens' upcoming album, 'The Spirit of ’76.'
Listen to Ray Stevens, 'The Skies Just Ain't Friendly Anymore'