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Pot references becoming more popular in country music


Do you realize what your kids are listening to?

The country song that just won Song of the Year has an open reference to smoking marijuana, and it's certainly not the only one.

Talk about weed in country music goes way back to Hank Williams, Jr. and Willie Nelson, but many parents we discovered aren't familiar with today's lingo or songs that come right out and reference joints and getting high.

"I don't really pay any attention to the words," said Misty Kinchen who has a 13-year-old son.

Words like, 'roll up a joint,' those are lyrics in the tune that just won Kacey Musgraves Song of the Year for her hit, "Follow Your Arrow."

"As a parent, yes it is scary. It does happen but it's there in all music. You just have to listen closely and teach your kids what's right," said Kitchen.

Another parent that didn't want us to share their name commented: "I don't know why they have to talk about it at all, just like drinking or other drugs or taking advantage of women."

In fact, the song by Musgraves is one of the few where you won't hear the version with the words played on the radio.

Some disc jockeys say they play the version they get, and often the record company sends the edited version.

For instance in "Follow Your Arrow," the word 'joint' is muted.

"Most of what we've gotten calls about regarding that song is 'why are you playing the edited version?' and not the real song," said Mike Renick, a D.J. for K103. "I tell them that's because the version with the word music is the version is what's sent to us. For most songs that's what we play."

Other songs, like Florida Georgia Line's, "Sun Dazed" will be played with the lyrics, "I just want to wear my favorite shades and get stoned."

"It's pop music in the country umbrella and that frees up some of the subject matter," said Renick.

Not only that, but some of the slang parents may miss.

"As the days go by the lingo changes," said Renick.

Lingo like the lyrics to a popular Luke Bryan song.

"I think he talks about the 'real good feel good stuff,'" said Leevon Decourley of Pure Country 106.1. "He doesn't come out and say it, but you can use your imagination. We play traditional country here so that's just not what we'd play anyway."

"It's always been there we just don't necessarily play them on the radio," he continued. "It's promoting it as the cool thing to do and that's what we want to stay away from for sure."

Traditional country stations say they won't outlaw any artists, they are just more careful about lyrics and the message of the song.

Meanwhile, radio personalities and parents say they are hearing it more, and paying closer attention.

"Parents still have to be parents," said Kinchen.

Disc jockeys say with the legalization of marijuana, this is something you're probably going to notice even more of in songs. Parents just need to know it's out there and if it strikes a cord with you, you need to listen more closely to today's lyrics.

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