Introduction:

American country music artist Toby Keith released “My List” in 2002 as the closing track on his studio album Pull My Chain. This song, penned by songwriters Tim James and Rand Bishop, became the third and final single from the album, following the chart successes of the title track and “A Little More Time.”

While “My List” didn’t achieve the same level of commercial dominance as its predecessors, it still holds a significant place within Toby Keith’s vast discography. Released at the height of his career, the song captured the essence of his signature style – a blend of heartland rock and traditional country themes – resonating with fans who connected with its relatable message.

Producer James Stroud, known for his work with established country artists like Ronnie Milsap and Wynonna Judd, collaborated with Keith on “My List”. Stroud’s production choices on the song leaned towards a stripped-down, acoustic-driven arrangement, allowing Keith’s distinctive vocals to take center stage.

While “My List” never cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, it peaked at number 59 in December of 2001. Despite this, the song found a dedicated audience and continues to be a fan favorite at Toby Keith concerts.

The song’s lyrics explore a man reflecting on his life’s journey, detailing a personal list of experiences and aspirations. This introspective approach offered a glimpse into a different side of Keith, who was often known for his more brash and patriotic anthems.

“My List” serves as a testament to Toby Keith’s ability to connect with his audience on a deeper level. It may not be his most commercially successful song, but its enduring appeal lies in its relatable themes and heartfelt delivery, solidifying its place within the tapestry of Toby Keith’s musical legacy.

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Lyrics:

Under an old brass paperweightIs my list of things to do todayGo to the bank and the hardware storePut a new lock on the cellar door
I cross ’em off as I get ’em doneBut when the sun is settledThere’s still more than a few things leftI haven’t got to yet
Go for a walk, say a little prayerTake a deep breath of mountain airPut on my glove and play some catchIt’s time that I make time for thatWade the shore and cast a lineLook up an old lost friend of mineSit on the porch and give my girl a kissStart livin’, that’s the next thing on my list
Wouldn’t change the course of fateThe cutting the grass just had to wait‘Cause I’ve got more important thingsLike pushin’ my kid on the backyard swing
I won’t break my back for a million bucksI can’t take to my graveSo why put off for tomorrowWhat I could get done today
Like go for a walk, say a little prayerTake a deep breath of mountain airPut on my glove and play some catchIt’s time that I make time for thatWade the shore, cast a lineLook up an old lost friend of mineSit on the porch and give my girl a kissStart livin’, that’s the next thing on my list
Raise a little hell, laugh ’til it hurtsPut an extra five in the plate at churchCall up my folks just to chatIt’s time that I make time for thatStay up late, and oversleepShow her what she means to meCatch up on all the things I’ve always missedJust start livin’, that’s the next thing on my list
Under an old brass paperweightIs my list of things to do today