Jason Aldean, ‘I Ain’t Ready to Quit’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Jason Aldean‘s platinum-selling fourth album, ‘My Kinda Party,’ has already spawned three hit singles, including the title track, as well as ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay‘ and his current Top 10 smash, ‘Dirt Road Anthem.’ Throughout the 16-track album there are several possible hits for his next few releases, including the Josh Thompson-penned ‘Church Pew or Bar Stool‘ or ‘I Ain’t Ready to Quit,’ which was co-written by Rhett Akins‘ 21-year-old son, singer and songwriter, Thomas Rhett.
“It was just a normal writing day,” Thomas Rhett tells Taste of Country of the song he co-wrote with Jaron Boyer and Ben Stennisand. “It was our first time ever writing together. I was maybe two months into my publishing deal and was still getting used to writing every day.”
“I walked into the room, and we seriously sat there for six hours. We threw out every title we had in our phones or in our notepads,” he continues. “So finally, Ben said, ‘There’s something about lighting up a Marlboro red.’ I was like, ‘Alright, that’s what we’re writing! I don’t know what it is yet, but that’s what we’re writing!’ We just started talking about all these things, and it was like, ‘Well I ain’t ready to quit yet.’ So we were talking about why we didn’t want to quit, and it was because the nicotine buzz that goes to your head made you like smoking cigarettes or the whiskey on your lips made you not ready to quit.”
“Something ’bout lighting up a Marlboro red / And that nicotine rushing to my head / And the taste of Southern Comfort on my lips / Tells me I ain’t ready to quit,” they wrote in the song’s opening lines.
“Then we decided to talk about a girl, because when you talk about a girl, it seems to work in country music,” adds Thomas Rhett. “It’s just about all these things that he ain’t ready to quit because he likes them for some reason. We kind of thought we’d throw some tobacco products in there for the boys, and talk about the girl for the girls [laughs]!”
“Don’t start thinking I’m gonna stop / Givin’ it all I got / And you think you’ve seen love / You ain’t seen nothing yet / How could I ever get tired / Of waking up by your side / And the taste of your sweet kiss / Tells me I ain’t ready to quit,” Aldean sings in the song’s chorus.
“A couple [days] after we did the demo, I was getting on a plane to go to North Carolina to the beach with my dad, and I got this email from my publisher, Ben Vaughn, saying, ‘Dude, you got a Jason Aldean hold,’” the songwriter recalls. “At that point, a ‘hold’ was a huge deal in my life. Now, writers don’t really get excited about holds because ‘it’s not final ’til it’s on the vinyl,’ as my dad will say. I was freaking out.”
“The next thing I know, we were on our layover in some town, and I got another email saying they needed the lyrics for ‘I Ain’t Ready to Quit.’ So then I was really freaking out because I was getting on a plane and I couldn’t call anybody,” Thomas Rhett goes on to say. “I didn’t know what was going on. I landed, and Ben called saying they were going into the studio with my song. I said, ‘Well does that mean it’s going to go on the record?’ He said, ‘Well, let’s not get our hopes up yet, but you have a good shot of making the record.’ I didn’t even know what to do with myself.”
“We got to the beach, and I couldn’t sleep that night,” he continues. “When I woke up the next morning, my dad’s in the room with Jason Aldean on the phone [laughs]! I got on the phone, and he said, ‘Hey, man … it’s Jason Aldean.’ I was like, ‘Hey, Mr. Aldean…’ [laughs] I didn’t know what to say. He wanted to call and thank me for writing a good song for his record. That’s kind of how it all went down, and now it’s on a platinum record! I am very, very luck and blessed to have been able to be on that record. It’s cool because my dad, Ben Hayslip or Dallas Davidson (who are currently responsible for 40 percent of Billboard’s Top 10 singles) have never had a Jason Aldean cut, and that was the first cut I ever had [laughs]!”
Watch Thomas Rhett Perform ‘I Ain’t Ready to Quit’