As is often the case with country songs, I wasn’t expecting this video to hit me as hard as it did. Florida Georgia Line often writes party-esque songs, and while I love those, something about the sound of this song was different. But I couldn’t understand all of the words, so I had to look them up. And then I watched the video.
And now I’m crying. So, there’s always that. It’s reminiscent of the first time I watched Jason Aldean’s video for “Tattoos on this Town.” Which still makes me cry every time I watch it, in case you’re wondering.
Anyway. Here’s the chorus:
It’s that elm shade red rust clay you grew up on
That plowed-up ground that your dad damned his luck on
That post-game party field you circle up on
When it rains, you get stuck on
Drift a cloud back behind county roads that you run up
The mud on her jeans that she peeled off and hung up
Her blue-eyed summertime smile looks so good that it hurts
Makes you want to build a ten-percent down white picket fence house on this dirt
This song is home. It takes me home when I hear it. No, I didn’t grow up on the Georgia clay or anything, but it’s the feeling it gives me. It’s the feeling of going back to my roots. I never thought I’d say that, not in a million years. I wanted out of my hometown. But now, after living in the city… home isn’t so bad.
You know you came from it
And one day you’ll return to it