Florida Georgia Line Songwriters Explain the Story Behind New Single ‘Dirt’
By Annie Reuter
Florida Georgia Line knew they wanted something different for the first single off their sophomore album, and they found it in “Dirt.”
“You hear a song like that, you’ve got to cut it,” Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard told Billboard. “For us, it was definitely a no-brainer. We were just happy to be able to hear it and be able to cut it, and we think it’s gonna be a big one.”
Written by Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins, the song is currently No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.
“This is one of those songs that says, ‘Hey, we’ve got a lot of love and respect for more traditional country as well,’ Like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and all those guys that we also grew up listening to,” Hubbard continued.
When first writing the song, Tompkins explained that he had a rough concept for it when he initially sat down. “My family and I recently moved into a new home, and to say the least, there’s been some shovels and dirt piles hanging around,” he said.
Tompkins had the first few lines before Clawson came in and added his take on the “Dirt” theme.
“I just kind of threw out the ‘10 percent-down, white-picket-fence house’ line,” Clawson said. “That kind of sealed the deal on the song, kind of nailed it home. We kind of got a girl in there a little bit, but then we want to marry this girl, we want to build her a house and raise a family and all that.”
Clawson and Tompkins admit they were hesitant to make the casket analogy in the song, but soon realized it was the perfect fit.
“By the time we got to the end of the song, the way it was written it just seemed like it had to be in there — ‘You know you came from it/Someday you’ll return to it.’ And then if you ever grow up on a farm or in that rural country, it seems like it always keeps pulling you back and someday you’ll end up back there, so it was the whole double meaning,” Clawson explained.
“Dirt” is the first single from Florida Georgia Line’s much-anticipated next album, which is expected to drop later this year.