Jason Aldean, ‘Tattoos on This Town’ – Lyrics Uncovered
The inspiration behind the lyrics to Jason Aldean's hit on the rise, 'Tattoos on This Town,' came from simply reminiscing on younger years and faded memories left in one's mind. Songwriters Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Michael Dulaney wrote the tune a couple of years back, and Aldean cut the song for his 'My Kinda Party' album.
The Georgia native released the tune as the album's fourth single, following hot on the heels of his previous record-breaking hits, 'Don't You Wanna Stay,' 'Dirt Road Anthem,' and the title track of the record.
"Most of the time, I don’t remember where ideas came from when the song has been written that long ago ... that stuff goes away with me," songwriter Neil Thrasher tells Taste of Country. "Some people remember all that stuff, but on this one I remember it because it was my idea, and I’m taking credit for this one [laughs]! I didn’t really see anything that sparked it; it just popped in my head."
"It sure left its mark on us / We sure left our mark on it / We let the world know we were here / With everything we did / We laid a lot of memories down / Like tattoos on this town," they wrote in the chorus' lyrics.
"I'm sure I saw skid marks on the road or something painted somewhere that made me think of the idea," says Thrasher. "I just hoped it had never been written before!"
"There's still black marks on that county road / Where we drag raced our pickups and Mustangs / And weathered all the sun and rain /And to this day up on that overpass / Even underneath the new paint / You can still see / 'Ali, will you marry me?'" they wrote in the opening lyrics.
"Ali is my oldest daughter," notes Thrasher. "That actually was Wendell’s idea to put Ali [in the song] because he’s close to my daughters, and he suggested that we used Ali’s name on the bridge."
"I couldn't believe this song hadn't been written before," Thrasher continues with a smile. "It probably has ... but we did it right!"
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