Rollin' with the Flow

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"Rollin' with the Flow"
Rollin' With the Flow - Charlie Rich.jpg
Single by Charlie Rich
from the album Rollin' with the Flow
B-side "To Sing a Love Song"
ReleasedMay 1977
RecordedApril 1977
Genre Country
Length2:43
Label Epic 50392
Songwriter(s) Jerry Hayes
Producer(s) Billy Sherrill
Charlie Rich singles chronology
"My Mountain Dew"
(1977)
"Rollin' with the Flow"
(1977)
"Beautiful Woman"
(1978)

"Rollin' with the Flow" is a song released by American country music artists T.G. Sheppard, in 1974 on the B-side of a single and in 1975 on his debut album T.G. Sheppard, and Charlie Rich, in 1977. The Rich single was his eighth Number One on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. [1] "Rollin' with the Flow" also crossed over into the top-40 of the adult contemporary music charts and narrowly missed the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 101 on the Bubbling Under the Hot 100 chart.

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The mid-tempo song is sung from the perspective of a man who, despite being at an age when most of his peers have started raising families (at least 30 years old according to the second line), still lives a hard-partying, rock-and-roll lifestyle more in tune with far younger men. The song also makes reference to his Christian faith, noting that he knows he cannot continue like this in heaven (thus why he does it while he is still alive) and that he will eventually be forgiven, not just by Jesus, but his "crazy friends" as well.

Chart performance

Chart (1977)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [2] 47
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [3] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles ( Billboard ) [4] 1
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [5] 32
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Canadian RPM Top Singles100
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks35

Mark Chesnutt version

"Rollin' with the Flow"
Mark Chesnutt - Rollin' With The Flow.jpg
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album Rollin' with the Flow
ReleasedAugust 2007
Genre Country
Length2:47
Label Lofton Creek
Songwriter(s) Jerry Hayes
Producer(s) Jimmy Ritchey
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Heard It in a Love Song"
(2007)
"Rollin' with the Flow"
(2007)
"When You Love Her Like Crazy"
(2008)

In 2007, country music artist Mark Chesnutt recorded a cover version which is the title song for an album released on June 24, 2008. Chesnutt's cover version has entered the country music charts, becoming his first Top 40 hit since "I'm a Saint" in late 2004-early 2005, peaking at number 25. It was released thirty years after Rich's version.

Chart performance

Chart (2007–08)Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [6] 25

Kurt Vile version

American indie rock artist Kurt Vile covered the song on his 2018 album, Bottle It In . [7]

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