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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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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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