At first, “Life Changes” doesn’t sound like a great title for a TR tune. It sounds like a ’90s sitcom, but that’s because we’re saying it all wrong. It’s not life changes, it’s life changes.
The song was written by TR, Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley.
Rhett begins the song by talking about just dreaming about being a songwriter. His dad, Rhett Akins, was majorly successful and hoped TR wouldn’t follow in footsteps at first, but look at him now. Rhett recently racked up his seventh No. 1 hit.
Wakin’ up in my college dorm
Yeah, my life, it was pretty normal
Lookin’ for a date to the spring formal
Wasn’t worried ’bout nothin’ else, nah
Majorin’ in undecided
Notebook full of bad songs I was writin’
Never dreamed anybody else would like ’em
Now they’re sittin’ on a Walmart shelf
The story famously goes that it took most of TR’s youth to woo his wife Lauren onto his home team. When he was ready to propose, his career was just kicking off and people told him to wait. Then, Luke Bryan told him to go for it. Now, every song he writes about her is an instant hit. “Die A Happy Man” spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, won CMA Single of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and was nominated for a GRAMMY.
I bought a ring and she said I do
But everybody else said, man, you’re 22
What you tryin’ to prove, hey, why don’t you wait
‘Cause I’ve been waitin’ on her since the 2nd grade, yeah
And now she got her own set of fans
Got a blue checkmark by her Instagram
And I wrote a little song about holdin’ her hand
And now everybody wanna die a happy man
The third and final verse caps of TR and Lauren’s struggle to get pregnant and their adoption story. The two were actually in Africa visiting their daughter Willa Gray when they found out Lauren was pregnant. Willa Gray came home in May and Ada James arrived in August.
I remember the day I told my daddy and mama
You’re gonna have a grandkid from Uganda
That’s right, we’re adoptin’
And she is the cutest little girl that you ever seen
While I was wrappin’ my head around bein’ a dad
A big wrench got thrown in the plans we thought we had
Now Lauren’s showin’, got one on the way
Yeah, that’s two under two, hey, what can I say
The chorus sounds a little like Macklemore and a lot poppy, but is still sentimental and fun.
Ain’t it funny how life changes
You wake up, ain’t nothing the same and life changes
You can’t stop it, just hop on the train
You never know what’s gonna happen
You make your plans and you hear God laughing
Life changes, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, the world, oh no
And I wouldn’t change it for the world, the world, oh no
Life Changes is out on September 8.