"Dirt" (CD single)

Music review by
Tina Davey, Common Sense Media
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Mostly tame tune about life, love, and country livin'.

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Positive Messages

"Dirt" describes a small-town upbringing and pays homage to a lifelong relationship that endures through the toils of work and the joys of family life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In this song, family values and hard work are celebrated, as is the lifelong love between a couple.

Violence
Sex

There's one lyric with a sexual connotation: "The mud on her jeans that she peeled off and hung up." The video does show a young couple falling over into a bit of mud and kissing.

Language

There is one use of "damned" in the lyric "our dad damned his luck on it." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is one reference to alcohol in this song: "You write her name on it, spin your tires on it, build your cornfield, whiskey bonfires on it, you bet your life on it." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line is a classic country song about love and loss, work and family. This mild ballad has one strong word ("damned") and a mention of whiskey. The video features an old man narrating at a funeral for his wife, talking about their life spent side-by-side in a rural town.

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What's the story?

DIRT is a meandering country ballad from Florida Georgia Line's sophomore album. The sentimental track -- which rose to the top of the country charts -- describes "dirt" as something they've built their entire lives on, as it's been the foundation of their rural upbringing and the "cornfields" and "whiskey bonfires" and a blue-eyed girl in muddy blue jeans they've met along the way.

Is it any good?

If you enjoy modern country music in the Garth Brooks vein, then you likely will enjoy this steel guitar-driven ballad that nostalgically evokes many facets of small town, rural life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about symbolism. Do you think "dirt" represents something more than its literal meaning? Can you think of other examples of symbolism in music, books, or movies?

  • Do you know any couples that have been together their entire lives? What are some of the things you've noticed about their relationship? What does "commitment" mean to you?

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For kids who love country music

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