Even the rowdier Dierks Bentley lyrics dig deeper than most of what you'll find on country music radio these days. The singer and songwriter is know for hell-raisers like '5-1-5-0' and 'Free and Easy,' plus ballads like 'Long Trip Alone' and 'Every Mile a Memory.' All four of these songs just missed making this list of his five best lyrics. That speaks to the overall quality of his catalog.

  • 5

    'What Was I Thinkin''

    "Thinkin' 'bout a little white tank top sittin' right there in the middle by me / I was thinkin' 'bout a long kiss man just gotta get goin' where a night might lead / I know what I was feelin' / But what was I thinkin'"

    Bentley's debut hit is still his best story. In addition to a great chorus, he includes brilliant throw-away lines like "Her daddy had a heart like a nine-pound hammer" and "We ran outside hood slidin' like Bo Duke." There's a reason this song can still be found on country radio even after it has celebrated its 10th birthday.

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  • 4

    'My Last Name'

    "So darlin' if you're wonderin' why I've got you here tonight / I wanna be your husband, I want you to be my wife / I ain't got much to give you but what I've got means everything / It's my last name / Oh, it's my last name"

    'My Last Name' stands alone as a song that celebrates a singer's ancestry in a non-corny way. Bentley lists the reasons he's proud of who he is before the song twists and he proposes to his bride. The singer wrote this song with Harley Allen, and it was a Top 20 hit in 2003.

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  • 3

    'Lot of Leavin' Left to Do'

    "So before you go and turn me on / Be sure that you can turn me loose / 'Cause I still got a lot of leavin' left to do"

    Dierks Bentley makes only one promise to a girl he's dating in 'Lot of Leavin' Left to Do,' a 2005 hit from the 'Modern Day Drifter' album. He's a romantic short-timer who might not be around long enough for the grass to grow around him. The way he and songwriters Deric Ruttan and Brett Beavers describe this rebel is original and colorful. Early on in Bentley's career he showed a knack for being as sharp with his pen as he was with his guitar.

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    'Come a Little Closer'

    "I wanna touch you like a cleansin' rain / And let it wash all the hurt away / So come a little closer baby / I feel like lettin' go"

    The top two songs on the Best Dierks Bentley Lyrics list are lovers. 'Come a Little Closer' is the sort of song you slip in when you're alone with someone you're looking to burn a candle with. A number of stanzas could have been featured above, including "Come a little closer baby / I feel like layin' you down / On a bed of sweet surrender / Where we can work it all out," the words that open the song.

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    'I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes'

    "You can make me work for it, girl, if you want to / Just leave a trail for me to follow you into the bedroom / And if you need a little bit of help from me / Babe there's not a button that I can't reach / Let's see where it leads"

    This track from 2009 is the cause of a small baby boom in country music circles. It's the sort of line that makes you want to leave the party immediately, maybe without your jackets. But it's more than just a white-hot sheet-burner. Bentley and Brett Beavers penned a deep, unique way for a man to describe how he wants to treat his woman. Fellas, recite this song when the moment is right and you'll look like Fabio.

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