ToC Critic’s Pick: Thomas Rhett, ‘Vacation’ [Listen]
Thomas Rhett's new song "Vacation" may or may not fall firmly within one's subjective parameters of what country music should be. But if you’re thinking about that, you probably aren’t a whole lot of fun to be around.
“Vacation” is the feel-good jam of the last five years. It’s funky, it’s catchy, it’s sweet enough to give you a toothache after one listen and it’s cruelly addictive. Need proof? Turn the song up loud around a group of small children and smile as they throw their little arms about without truly understanding why.
No, 2-year-olds should not decide what songs get heard on country radio, but Rhett’s fourth single from Tangled Up is a reminder that we all need to rely on our inner toddler a little more. “Vacation” will cure the blues and maybe a few other maladies, but our tests were inconclusive at best. Rhett penned the song with Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur (the same duo that trio that penned"“Die a Happy Man") and then gave the rock band War songwriting credit as they felt they could be accused of sampling "Low Rider."
A year ago, Rhett didn't believe he'd get to release "Vacation" as a single, but then he notched No. 1 hits with "Crash and Burn" and "T-Shirt." It's possible the song will flame out with summer, but like a vacation, it's a chance to indulge without repercussion or judgement.
Did You Know?: Director TK McKamy shot the music video for "Vacation" while Rhett and his wife Lauren vacationed in Hawaii.
Listen to Thomas Rhett, “Vacation”
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Thomas Rhett's "Vacation" Lyrics:
“My girl is rocking that Billabong bikini like she’s sponsored / Asking me if I can rub that Coppertone on her / Got a couple bucks but I’m spending them like they pesos / Might be Motel Sixing but it feels like Turks and Caicos.
“Put a little liquor in my coconut water / Party all day like you at your Alma mater / Put a little liquor in my coconut water / Ice has started melting 'cause it’s always getting hotter.”
“Singing hey, let’s party like we on vacation / Hey, let’s party like we on vacation / I got my toes up in the sand / Cold one in my hand / Toes up in the sand / Cold one in my hand / Singing hey, let’s party like we on vacation.”
“I got my Solo Cup amplifier, playing all my jams / And my Walgreens beach chair working on my tan / This like it’s Jamaica and I’m sipping on some Red Stripe / But I’m in Decatur, baby, crushing on that Busch light.”