A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Luke Bryan's country-pop "Drunk on You" is a love song of a man remembering happy times with his lover and expressing his attraction for her. However, he focuses on the lover's superficial assets: how she looks in her short cutoffs, the way her dancing on the tailgate of his truck "makes a man go mhmm mhmm." There's one sexual reference ("Drip of honey on the money maker"), several references to drinking booze, and, most concerning, alcohol is consumed in the truck, though it's parked.
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What's the story?
"DRUNK ON YOU" is a single from Luke Bryan's third album, Tailgates and Tanlines. Bryan is a young singer/songwriter from Georgia, but this song was written by Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear, and Chris Tompkins, three Nashville songwriters who between them have penned hits for superstars such as Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride. The song is sung from the perspective of a man remembering fun times with his lover (including parking his truck by a river and drinking whisky and/or wine), and feeling strong physical attraction for her.
Is it any good?
"Drunk on You" is a polished, pop-country tune with a warm, summery feel. Luke Bryan has a tuneful, throaty voice, and he can be quite appealing. A few lines of the lyrics stand out as very atmospheric and detailed; the opening verse, in particular, with "The cotton wood fallin' like snow in July / Sunset, riverside, four wheel drive," sets a very vivid scene in an almost poetic way. However, the emotion expressed in the song is generally pretty superficial, and the rest basically focuses on how hot the girlfriend is.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that "Drunk on You" paints a sensual portrait of lovers drinking booze in a truck, but it's important to understand that drinking and driving, and drinking and dating, are dangerous.
What does the song title "Drunk on You" mean? Does it seem like the singer is in love?
"Drunk on You" paints a vivid scene of lovers by a riverside. Describe what you think the place in the song looks like. How does the songwriter create atmosphere in the song? Does the music video reflect your vision?
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