Keith Urban’s latest single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” is nothing short of brilliant and quickly making its way into the hearts of listeners with lyrics that resonate with almost everyone’s teenage years. Even the Australian-born Urban.
Urban told Billboard how impactful John (Cougar) Mellencamp was on his early years, “His songwriting was such a huge part of my life. I almost feel like between all the TV I grew up with in Australia and John Mellencamp’s music — among many others — I knew what it meant to live there and grow up there.” There, meaning here, in America.
And what about John Deere and John 3:16?
Shane McAnally, one of the three songwriters on the project explains, “John Cougar references all the sort of sexual tension of teenage angst all of us were growing up in. John Deere represents the way that our parents worked and what we saw living in the country, and of course [there’s] the element of religion. And [there’s] irony in John Cougar starting the line, and John 3:16 ending the line because that was the push and pull of that teenage thing.”
The song, and all the Johns, is working its way up the Billboard Top 40 chart pretty quickly. Probably something to do with everything the songwriters learned from those John Deere tractors.
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