Song of the Day #1,777: ‘Outstanding in Our Field’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_wheelhouseBrad Paisley’s latest album, Wheelhouse, will probably never emerge from the shadow of its controversial, and hilariously bad, song ‘Accidental Racist.’

And that’s a shame, because while Wheelhouse is no American Saturday Night or Mud On the Tires, it’s an ambitious and often rewarding record. If I were to get mathematical, I’d say it’s 1/2 great, 1/3 mediocre and 1/6 head-scratchingly bad. It would be a shame to let the few spoil things for the many.

Country artists love nothing more than a good pun, and Paisley serves up a beauty in today’s SOTD, singing “if you wanna throw a party in the middle of nowhere, we’re outstanding in our field.”

This song (which in the rap tradition features celebrity cameos by Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes) is pretty standard Paisley fun-time fare, but the production is pretty amazing. In addition to the expected bluegrass and electric guitar touches, Paisley throws in a vaguely hip-hop drum part and vocal samples pepper the track at just the right spots.

And LL Cool J is nowhere to be found.

Well, Christina waits on tables at Clarabelle’s Cafe
Now she’s waitin’ on a bench for Johnny
At the end of another hard day
Hey, hey, he just got paid for washin’ all them cars
They ain’t goin’ to the movies and they ain’t goin’ to a bar
They gonna pick up the keg and I’m gonna pick up the ice
And we’re gonna show you how the experts kill us a Friday night

We drive out in the country, set somethin’ on fire
We set an ice-cold beer on a tractor tire
Underachievers, no different than the rest
‘Til we’re burnin’ up the moonlight chillin’ on a hot night
That’s what we do best
We ain’t nothin’ special, we ain’t no big deal
But if you wanna throw a party in the middle of nowhere
We’re outstanding in our field

Well, everyone except for David who’s passed out in the grass
Somebody grab me a Sharpie, h-h-h-he’s about to grow a mustache
Sara’s already dancin’, turn up the radio
Kenny’s always got some moonshine if the keg starts runnin’ low
We’re all pyromaniacs, this place’s about to blow

We drive out in the country, set somethin’ on fire
Set a jar of that corn liquor on a tractor tire
Underachievers, no different than the rest
‘Til we’re burnin’ up the moonlight chillin’ on a hot night
That’s what we do best
Yeah, we ain’t nothin’ special, we ain’t no big deal
But if you wanna throw a party in the middle of nowhere
We’re outstanding in our field

We can take a hundred acre big ol’ empty pasture like this old farm
And turn it into the hottest weekend nightclub spot from here to Sunset Boulevard
That’s just who we are

No we ain’t nothin’ special, we ain’t no big deal
But if you wanna throw a party in the middle of nowhere
We’re outstanding in our field

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,777: ‘Outstanding in Our Field’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Amy says:

    While I wish some of the more trite images (moonshine? really?) had been left on the cutting room floor, and I find the tempo just a smidge too upbeat, there are a couple of moments in the song that evoke the image of Jason Street and Tim Riggins sitting with their girls, drinking beer, and knowing that life is perfect – in their field. Of course, the moment I’m thinking FNL, I’m wanting something more special than this song turns out to be, but it does have moments.

  2. Dana says:

    Other than the opening bars, a decent pun and a nice guitar break, this song sounds like a hundred other country party songs. It, like the guys in the field, ain’t nothing special. If this is the best Paisley has to offer, I suspect your favorable impression of half of this album is hangover and afterglow from his previous records.

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