Yes, the song is rock-stupid. Yes, the video features a dude drinking another dude’s pee. Yes, it is filled with smug people, including Toby Keith, doing smug shit.
But here’s what drives me crazy about this song. This is a novelty song. It is literally a piece of shit song you poop out when you have a little studio time and the musicians booked and nothing important is ready to record. This is the musical equivalent of Cheetos. And, like Cheetos, I expect to not have to think about it too hard.
But I will be damned if Keith’s voice doesn’t sound simply beautiful here. It’s such a dumb song. A literal time-burner and his voice is clear and lovely and just perfect.
It’s like he’s just flaunting it. “I can even make a shitty song better than you can, Nashville.”
I roll my eyes and admire it at the same time.