Keith Urban, ‘Long Hot Summer’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Has there ever been a more timely song title than Keith Urban's 'Long Hot Summer'? Urban wasn't dreaming of a heat wave when he penned the song with Richard Marx, but he tells Taste of Country that the song did pour out of them as naturally as sweat in a Tennessee July.
"I’ve always loved pop music, too,' Urban says in our recent interview. "And country has a rich history with pop, like Dolly‘s ’9 to 5.’ So working with Richard was a no brainer and we just clicked." The lyrics of Urban's most recent hit describe getting through a 'Long Hot Summer' for a lover to return.
“It’s gonna be a long, hot summer / We should be together with your feet up on the dashboard now / Singing along with the radio -- it’s such a beautiful sound / And when you say my name in the middle of the day / I swear I see the stars come out / When you hold my hand in the back of my mind / I’m just waiting on the sun to go down / The sun to go down,” he sings during the chorus.
"Like me, [Marx] loves a huge singalong chorus and a song that makes you want to turn it up and blast it," Urban says. The song is already a Top 20 hit on the country music charts, surely on its way to the Top 5 or even No. 1."
What’s funny about ‘Long Hot Summer’ is that we wrote it on our bus while I was playing some shows with the Eagles, and Joe Walsh came on right as we were finishing. He apologized and left even though we wanted him to stay. We just laughed. What an awesome moment as songwriters. I’m convinced that, unbeknownst to him, he sprinkled some Joe Walsh mojo on the tune," he adds.
Urban is in Michigan this weekend for two shows with Jake Owen on the Get Closer Tour.
Watch Keith Urban Perform 'Long Hot Summer'