What inspires a song you hear on the radio? Is it an experience a songwriter had while in the area? Or maybe the word just fits into the lyrics.  Whatever the case may be, being in the broadcast music industry, you learn a lot of what goes on behind the scenes in making a great song. I didn't realize how many songs are out there, that actually mentions Texarkana in it's lyrics.

Yeah, I knew about songs like "Texarkana Baby" by Eddie Arnold, and a song called "Texarkana" from R.E.M., but when it comes to songs that mention Texarkana in the lyrics, I was astonished to find quite a few.

So let's take a look at the Top 12 Songs That Mention Texarkana.

1. Cotton Fields

You knew this one had to make the list. This song has been recorded b y several artists of different genres through the years but my favorite is by Creedence Clearwater Revival. With the famous lyric "Just a Mile From Texarkana."

2. All My Exe's Live in Texas

Thankfully all my exe's don't live in Texas, but how could you not love a song from the King of Country George Strait singing about exe's, especially with the lyrics, "Rosanna's Down in Texarkana." I don't know who she is, but I'm still looking for her!

3. East Bound and Down

Who could forget this Jerry Reed song made popular in the movie "Smoky and The Bandit." The lyrics say it all, "The Boys Are Thirsty in Atlanta, and There's Beer in Texarkana. I mean, what more do you need.

4. Texas

How could you not go wrong without this song that paints a portrait of the great state of Texas with the lyrics "Runs From Texarkana to El Paso," by the Charlie Daniels Band.

5. I've Been Everywhere

Another one of those songs that have been recorded by various artists throughout the years but my favorite is the Johnny Cash version. Have always been amazed how many cities and towns they are able to fit into this song with the lyrics, "I've Been To Houston, Kingston, Texarkana." Priceless!

6. Texas Swing

A little known song from Clay Walker but neverless the lyrics ring true "Why' All it's Good to be Back from Lubbock, Texarkana."

7. Let's Jump The Broomstick

The title of this song sounds really interesting, recorded by Brenda Lee who brought us the Christmas Classic "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." You'll be rockin' with this tune when it gets to the lyrics, "Goin' to Alabama Back From Texarkana."

8. Call It What You Want

This song is from rockers Tesla, with one of the members of the band being from Texarkana it's only fitting they would write a song with the lyrics, "And That's Just a Boy From Texarkana," perhaps referring to himself.

9. Ride

Trace Adkins who hails from Dallas has played this area for years, so it only makes sense he writes a song with Texarkana in its lyrics. In the same fashion as "I've Been Everywhere," he covers a lot of towns including, "Little Rock, Texarkana, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso.

10. Southern Hallelujah

Another song from Trace Adkins that contains the lyrics, "Bama Belles Set Hearts Pumpin' Texarkana Maids are Something."

11. No Place Like You

The country music female duo Maddie and Tae say it best with the lyrics, "Killing Time in Texarkana, Rolling Tide in Alabama."

12. Ride My Llama

First off, the title definately got my attention. But the lyrics are a little bizarre when it comes to, "I'm Gonna Ride my Llama from Peru to Texarkana."  Say what?

Here are a few others I found as well.

Twirl - Kinky Friedman

Fingernails - Joe Ely

Love Has Found Me - Sammy Hagar

Rainbow - Blackfoot

Easy Come, Easy Go - Hayes Carll

24 Hours at a Time - Charlie Daniels Band

Tear Me Down - Meatloaf

Baton Rouge - Guy Clark

Hold On - Joe Ely

Merry Christmas From Texas Y'all - Tracy Byrd