Justified Theme Song

2010; Ah, another properly theme-songed show.

JustifiedIn fact, in just one season, it was already nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. However, because it did not win—Nurse Jackie did—I wonder if it could still win, let alone nominated. I don’t know what the “rules” on that one are.

On to the theme. The song is entitled “Long Hard Times to Come”, which is quite obvious if you’ve heard it a few times. It was performed by a group called Gangstagrass. Research says that their name comes from the genre they created which combines authentic bluegrass and rap. Quite weird but to each his own. Either way, the opening theme rocks.


“Long Hard Times to Come” is not included in Gangstagrass’ one and only album, Lightning on the Strings, Thunder on the Mic, so I’m guessing an official soundtrack is yet to come.

Another thing, that Gangstagrass’ album is actually Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E-z. “Long Hard Times to Come” is also credited that way—Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E-z.

Another, another thing. In the Emmy’s, the credited composers were Jason Keaton and Oscar Owens.

One of these days I’ll get all these facts straight.

Anyway, below is the original opening sequence for the show.

Below is the complete version of the song.

Justified theme song lyrics (show edit)

The part used in the title sequence is actually just the chorus.

On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome pissed off who wants some
I’m fighting for my soul, god get at your boy
You try to bogard fall back I go hard
On this lonely road, trying to make it home
Doing it by my lonesome pissed off who wants some
I see them long hard times to come

8 thoughts on “Justified Theme Song”

  1. Love the show. Love the theme song music. But ditch the rap lyrics, god they screw up what is otherwise excellent bluegrass. Somethings just don’t go together, this is a great example. Anyone know where I can get the theme music WITHOUT the rap lyrics??

  2. The song is great and the Show is awesome !!!! Yee Haw..I see we all have hard times to come do da de dah dah dah !!!!

  3. I agree – rap lyrics are terrible….would be better with just the music…..it is on my phone!!!

  4. The show is outstanding in every catagory. The opening video with music is junk.

  5. Love the music but the lyrics are downright stupid. At least make some sense when you sing because the tune and the show are awesome!!

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