"Bottoms Up" (CD Single)

Music review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Country-pop hit calls listeners to drink and party.

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Positive Messages

There are no positive messages in this song about moonshining, partying, drinking, and flirting.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The point of view in "Bottoms Up" encourages kid-inappropriate behavior such as drinking moonshine from a keg, speeding down the road, and viewing females as sexual objects. As an artist, however, Brantley Gilbert is an independent voice in country music, a rocking outlaw type who writes and performs on his own terms.
 

Violence

The only violent imagery in the lyrics of "Bottoms Up" is the mention of outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, but part of the video for this song portrays the singer as a Prohibition-era moonshiner distributing booze from classic cars with gangsters riding shotgun, brandishing actual shotguns. At the end of the video, a sheriff arrives at the moonshiner's house and cocks his shotgun; the moonshiner played by Gilbert turns while drawing two pistols, and the last sound is a gunshot.

Sex

"Bottoms Up" includes several lines that are sexually suggestive: "Pretty little mama lookin' at ya like that / Make ya wanna slide on in." There's also: "Never thought a country song would make you move like that, yeah / And she's doing it in Daisy Dukes... And that's how girl do it in the dirty south." Part of the "Bottoms Up" video shows Brantley Gilbert sitting on a sofa surrounded by pretty young women, who caress his arms and shoulders. And, of course, there's the potential to read double meaning into "Bottoms Up."

Language

"Damn" is used a couple of times.
 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not surprisingly, "Bottoms Up" is mostly about drinking. The lyrics repeatedly say, "Find a keg and fill ya cup up." Other calls to party include "Let’s give a toast to the good times / All y'all get your drinks up high" and "Throw it on down." Parts of the video for "Bottoms Up" portray Brantley Gilbert as a Prohibition-era moonshiner with flappers helping him load bottles and kegs of booze into his car. Other sections of the video show Gilbert playing in a rocking band at a house party full of beautiful women who dance, raise tin cups, and drink.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brantley Gilbert's single "Bottoms Up" is a song about drinking, partying, and flirting. Lyrics such as "find a keg and fill ya cup" don't mention any specific type of alcohol but encourage listeners to drink. The video for this hit song portrays Gilbert as a moonshiner loading bottles and kegs into his car and driving with shotgun-toting henchmen on the running boards. The video also shows women caressing Gilbert, and a couple of lines of the song are sexually suggestive ("Never thought a country song would make you move like that"), but there are no overt references to sex in the lyrics.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHightech Redneck July 15, 2014

Good song, bad video.

The lyrics are okay. The tune is very good. The video is bad. DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO! The song is appropriate for mature people. The lyrics are about drinking a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Brantley Gilbert's chart-topping country track BOTTOMS UP is the lead single off his sophomore album Just As I Am. In this song, the singer imagines himself and another person running moonshine "like Bonnie and Clyde" down a country road, singing to the radio, and then stopping to drop the tailgate on their truck and tap a keg. A girl in the video dances seductively, and the singer repeatedly encourages listeners to fill their cups, raise their glasses, and drink.

Is it any good?

The coolest aspect of Brantley Gilbert's single "Bottoms Up" is the way he sets lyrics about drinking and partying to somewhat dark, hard-rocking music. The sense is that this is not your typical party song. Gilbert's songs generally express a country-outlaw attitude that strays from the polished country-pop singers of Nashville. Despite being full of iffy messages, this track has a pleasantly poppy and dark hook that prevents it from sounding like just another formulaic country-pop composition.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way alcohol use is portrayed in the video for "Bottoms Up." In parts of the video, Brantley Gilbert plays a Prohibition-era moonshiner, while other parts show him playing for a party full of drinkers. Does either era look glamorous to you?

  • The lyrics for "Bottoms Up" have a lot of lines about partying and drinking, but the musical tone is a bit dark. How does this song make you feel, compared to a song such as Little Big Town's "Pontoon"?

  • Does this song sound "country" to you? Why, or why not?

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