The bro-country bubble might be bursting right before our eyes.With such country classics as “Cruise,” “Boys Round Here” and “Get Me Some Of That” thumpin’ through our speakers and in our hearts, it was only a matter of time before the tides would begin to turn. Sure, TPTB are continuing to claim that all we want to hear is party anthems, but it appears the general music consuming audience has had enough and have entered hangover (aka crisis) mode.
For newcomers Maddie & Tae, the current radio climate has supplied ample material for their new song “Girl In A Country Song,” in which they blast pretty much every bro-country anthem on the planet. By targeting the biggest hits, the duo plants a bulls eye on every laundry-list cliche-ridden fist-pumper Music Row has churned out over the past few years. Ranging from Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan to such newcomers as Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett, they don’t shy away from telling us exactly how these songs make them feel. Funnily enough, they are signed to Dot Records, under the Big Machine umbrella.
“No country song was harmed in the making of this song,” a voiceover plays in the electric bajo-like intro, a signature way of telling listeners how hip they are. “This is only a test-test-test…”
Then, the lyrics and story (penned by Maddie Marlow, Taelyn Elizabeth Dye and Aaron Scherz) unravel in glorious fashion. “Well I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet, and it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted-on cut-off jeans,” they sing on the opening verse. “I hate the way this bikini top chafes. Do I really have to wear it all day? (Yeah baby.)”
[Thanks to Farce The Music for transcribing the lyrics!]
“I hear you over there on your tailgate whistlin’ sayin’ ‘Hey girl,’ but you know I ain’t listenin’–’cause I got a name and to you it ain’t ‘pretty little thing, honey or baby.’ It’s driving me red red red red red red redneck crazy…”
The chorus gets even better: “Being the girl in a country song–how in the world did it go so wrong? Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend, nothin’ more. We used to get a little respect. Now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in the truck, keep our mouth shut, ride along and be the girl in a country song.”
And then the second verse: “Well, shakin’ my moneymaker ain’t ever made me a dime. And there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine Tell me one more time you gotta get you some of that. Sure I’ll slide on over, but you’re gonna get slapped. These days it ain’t easy being that…”
Chorus again: “Girl in a country song–how in the world did it go so wrong? Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend, nothin’ more. We used to get a little respect. Now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in the truck, keep our mouth shut, ride along, and be the girl in a country song.”
“Yep, yep, yep,” they coo, before launching into the bridge. “Aw naw, Conway and George Strait never did it this way back in the old days. Aw naw, we ain’t a cliche. That ain’t no way to treat a lady…”
Chorus for the final time–by this point, I have the melody stuck in my head: “Like a girl in a country song–how in the world did it go so wrong? Like all we’re good for is looking good for you and your friends on the weekend, nothin’ more. We used to get a little respect. Now we’re lucky if we even get to climb up in the truck, keep our mouth shut, ride along down some dirt road we don’t even wanna be on and be the girl in a country song.”
Then, comes the hilarious outro, spoken form: “Yeah baby, I ain’t your tan legged Juliet. Can I put on some real clothes now? Aw naw.”
This song is an insightful, introspective narrative that demonstrates the absurdity of mainstream radio. Better yet, it’s cleverly written and produced and should get people talking–not only about the nature of the song itself but also of Maddie & Tae’s storytelling talents. The hook of the song is incredibly catchy and is markedly better than any of the songs it takes to task. It’s a simple approach and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but does it in a way that really hits home.
What is the significance of releasing such a song? And what impact could it possibly have? Well, if anything, it will drive home the detrimental effects bro-country anthems have on the core and values of country music.
Also, it’s pretty damn fun to try to find all the song references. Here are the ones I found:
Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”; Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl”; Blake Shelton’s “Boys Round Here”; Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy”; Chris Young’s “Aw Naw”; Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”; Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some Of That”; Dustin Lynch’s “Where It’s At”; Jason Aldean’s “Take A Little Ride”
Can you find any others? Let us know in the comments!
Note: If you have Real Player, VLC or Windows Media Player, open this link by copying and pasting and enjoy: mms://126.96.36.199/verifiedwma/2034521.wma
Also, here is the girls’ EPK, which includes Scott Borchetta (and others) talking about the song: