Lyrical Breakdown: Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up”

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Luke Bryan’s hot new single, “Kick The Dust Up” off of his upcoming album, Kill The Lights, is one of those songs that makes you want to turn up the volume and really sing along.

 

It’s a rowdy, crowd-pleasing jam, but I need to dig a little deeper– is Luke singing about an actual place? Can I go to this place and kick the dust up myself? I’m also concerned for the safety of a few of the people involved with the song and the farmer who is now playing host to a party in his cornfield. (I will say, this might be one of my favorite Luke songs to date. Musically, it’s very infectious.)

Kick the dust up.

All week long it’s a farming town they’re making that money grow.

Not, literally. Because my dad always said that is not how it works.

Tractors, plows with flashing lights backing up a two lane road.

I’ve been in traffic jams caused by tractors before. Usually, a very slow situation and the tractor usually has something attached to it that makes it impossible to pass. 

They take one last lap around,

That sun up high goes down.

If that slow tractor is taking another lap around, no wonder the sun already went up and then down. That’s a long lap. 

And then it’s on, girl, kick it on back,

Z-71 like a Cadillac.

So, the truck is really nice? 

We go way out where there ain’t nobody,

We turn this cornfield into a party.

Sounds kind of scary. Most corn fields are full of tall cornstalks, right?

Pedal to the floorboard

End up in a four door.

Probably a cop car? A four-door what?

Burning up a backroad song.

Park it and we pile out, baby, watch your step now, Better have your boots on.

The cornfield is muddy, presumably. But, if you’re in a four-door now, it’s probably a car and you shouldn’t take a car to a muddy field. 

Kick the dust up,

Back it on up,

Fill your cup up,

Let’s tear it up, up

And kick the dust up.

Sounds like two could be happening– drinking and driving and/or a lot of dirt is probably getting into that full cup. 

Bar downtown they got a line of people waiting out the door.

Hard to imagine a small farming town also being home to a bar with a line out the door.

10 dollar drinks, it’s packed inside, I don’t know what they’re waiting for.

Same, Luke. What are they waiting for? Certainly not a drink special.


Got me a jar full of ‘Clear

That’s one way to solve the $10 dollar drink problem.

And I got that music for your ear.

Just one ear? Really?

And it’s like knock knock knock goes the diesel,

If you really wanna see the beautiful people.

It’s like what? Knock, knock goes the what, what? A diesel?

I want to see the beautiful people! Are they in a diesel truck?

We go way out where there ain’t nobody,

We turn this cornfield into a party.

Pedal to the floorboard

End up in a four door.

Burning up a backroad song

Park it and we pile out,

Baby, watch your step now,

Better have your boots on.

Same questions as before, but I guess we know now that no one is around because they are all waiting in that line outside of the bar with $10 drinks.

Just follow me down ‘neath the 32 bridge you all gonna be glad you did.

Kick it.

Does the bridge lead to field or 

We go way out where there ain’t nobody,

We turn this cornfield into a party.

Pedal to the floorboard,

End up in a four door.

Burning up a backroad song.

Park it and we pile out,

Baby, watch your step now.

Better have your boots on.

The “better have your boots on” line is starting to sound kind of threatening. Like, YOU BETTER HAVE YOUR BOOTS ON, BECAUSE I’VE TOLD YOU FOUR TIMES ALREADY. 

Kick the dust up (kick the dust up),

Back it on up.

Fill your cup up,

That’s what’s up up,

Let’s kick the dust up.

In conclusion, this could be a real place and it could be Luke’s hometown of Leesburg, Georgia. There is a Highway 32 that crosses over a river, there are farmers and if it hasn’t rained in a while, it could be pretty dusty.

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