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Justin Moore, ‘Bait a Hook’ – Lyrics Uncovered


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With ‘Bait a Hook,’ Justin Moore stays true to his stated goal of making ‘Outlaws Like Me’ an old-school country album. The three-and-a-half minute uptempo country swinger pokes fun at ex-lovers who begin new relationships that are doomed. Moore says he and songwriters Rhett Akins and Jeremy Stover were laughing out loud while writing this song.

“I was thinking, ‘Man everybody hates their ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, and it’d be pretty funny if maybe she went with somebody completely opposite of you,’” Moore tells Taste of Country. The song took shape when the group got together to write and began working on a totally different sort of song.

“We were probably just throwing out ridiculous ideas, which is something we do a lot too. That’s how ‘I Could Kick Your Ass’ came about.” The first verse is indeed laugh out loud funny: “I heard you had to drive him home after two umbrella drinks / I heard he’s got a Prius, ’cause he’s into being green / My buddies says he saw y’all eating that sushi stuff / Baby that don’t sound like you, that don’t sound like love.”

“God bless anybody who drives a Prius for doing that for the atmosphere,” Moore says. “And it probably is the smart decision to save on gas but I’m never gonna be able to get out of my truck.” The chorus lists the reasons why this guy is wrong for this girl: “He can’t even bait a hook / He can’t even skin a buck / He don’t know who Jack Daniels is / Ain’t ever drove a truck / Knows how to throw out a line / But not the kind in a Field and Stream book / No darlin’ I ain’t even worried, you’ll come running back / He can’t even bait a hook.”

‘Bait a Hook’ has a different kind of groove than anything on this or his first album, Moore says, adding that it’s slowly becoming a favorite of his the more he plays it live.

Taste of Country will be exploring the lyrics of each of the 13 tracks on Justin Moore’s new album, leading up to the release date on June 21. Check back daily for the story behind a different song.

Watch a Fan Video of Justin Moore Singing ‘Bait a Hook’ Live

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