Cole Swindell, ‘Ain’t Worth the Whiskey’ [Listen]
With 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,' Cole Swindell continues to solidify himself as a country newcomer to be reckoned with. It's a fun tune, with layers of quintessential country sounds and themes -- except one. In 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,' Swindell may be singing about drinking and honoring the troops and even other country songs, but he's definitely not wasting any words on a broken heart.
Unlike other breakup songs poetically mourning the loss of love, 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey' is all about moving on. While some guys may need to drown their sorrows at the bar, Swindell is using his whiskey for celebrating the weekend, raising a toast to the troops "savin' our a-- overseas," or even a good country song. So if the girl who left is worried about breaking his heart, Swindell's got one word for her: "don't."
"I don't care that you done me wrong / 'Cause I've already moved on / I don't care what his name is / Girl, it is what it is / I won't waste a dime / Or the bartender's time / Trying to catch a buzz / Over the thought of us."
While 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey' isn't necessarily groundbreaking, what it lacks sonically is more than made up for by Swindell's charisma, which practically oozes out of the speakers. The singer has got that good-guy personality with just the right amount of rebel that will remind listeners of his superstar tourmate, Luke Bryan. And that personality is on full display in his vocal performance for 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey.' He sings with just the right amount of edge in his voice and even gives a little chuckle at the thought of his ex's friends seeing him drunk at the bar.
"It don't matter what your friends say / They never liked me anyway / So if they see me drunk in this bar / It ain't over a broken heart."
Ultimately, 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey' is a strong choice for Swindell's third single off his self-titled debut album. It's fun to listen to and everything we love about country music. And who doesn't love a classic tune about moving on ... with a good shot of whiskey, of course.
Why Fans Will Love It: Not only is 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey' great fun, it's insanely catchy. Established and new fans alike will easily find themselves listening to this song multiple times in a row.
Key Lyrics: "'Cause I'm drinking to a country song. / To another long work week gone / And I'm raising my glass to a long lost buddy I ain't seen. / I might stay for one more round / Or I might close this place down / But don't think for a second I'm out to drown your memory / Baby, you ain't worth the whiskey."
Did You Know? After an opening gig on Luke Bryan's record-breaking That’s My Kind of Night Tour, Swindell is breaking out on his own for a set of headlining dates. His Down Home Tour kicked off in November and will run through the winter.
Listen to Cole Swindell, 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey'