Story Behind the Song: ‘Good Lord and the Man,’ John Rich
'Good Lord and the Man' is about my grandfather, 'Papaw' Rich. He had six purple hearts in World War II. He lied about his age and told them he was 18 when he was really 17, so they'd let him in the Army. He went over and became a bonafide war hero. There's a line in the song that says, "We'd all be speaking German or living under the flag of Japan, if it wasn't for the good Lord and the man." I don't think you can find an American who disagrees with that statement. When I wrote that line, I looked down at the page and thought, 'I don't know if I can say that or not.' But then I realized it probably won't upset people, because it's the truth! The World War II generation saved the world.