Jason Aldean, ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Before it was a single, Jason Aldean's 'Dirt Road Anthem' was a blockbuster hit with his fans just days after the release of his latest album, 'My Kinda Party.' Aldean took notice of the reaction and is now releasing the tune to radio.
"The way I cut it and put it on my record was not designed to be on country radio," Ford tells Taste of Country. "Not even close! That's not what we made it for. We made it for people who want to party and ride down the dirt road. That's what we wrote it for."
"I sit back and think about them good ole days / The way we were raised and our southern ways / And we like cornbread and biscuits / And if it's broke round here we fix it / I can take y'all where ya need to go / Down to my hood, back in them woods," Aldean raps out in the song.
The song is something that came easy to Ford and Gilbert to pen, as they are both Georgia boys who spent much of their years growing up on "dirt roads." "We wrote the song in about 30 minutes," Ford says. "Brantley had the idea. He brought it up one day over lunch. He said, 'I got this idea that I want you to hear about a dirt road and how we grew up.' I said, 'Cool, let me hear it.'"
Gilbert began playing a guitar riff and singing the songs first few lines of the chorus:
"I'm chillin' on a dirt road / Laid back swervin' like I'm George Jones / Smoke rollin' out the window / An ice cold beer sittin' in the console / Memory lane up in the headlights / It's got me reminiscing on them good times / I'm turning off of real life, drivin' that's right / I'm hittin' easy street on mud tires."
"There was something about that melody that just hit me," recalls Ford. "We had not one single clue that anybody in the whole world would care about that song except people who grew up doing what we did. Jason was the last person I thought would want it, but he has made this song his own. It sounds like him, and it's his song now!"