Song of the Day #3,422: ‘One Beer Can’ – Brad Paisley

I discovered Brad Paisley in 2009 after the release of his best album, American Saturday Night. That album opened my mind to country music in general and I have since sought out and loved the music of quite a few artists in the genre.

I also gobbled up Paisley’s previous work and found those albums, especially Mud on the Tracks and Time Well Wasted, just as fresh and exciting. In 2011, Paisley released This Is Country Music, and while it wasn’t the equal of those other albums it was damn close.

But starting with 2013’s Wheelhouse, I stopped connecting with Paisley’s albums the same way. Maybe the records weren’t as strong. Maybe it was just more of the same. Maybe the boundary-pushing work by country artists such as Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Kacey Musgraves exposed his comparatively limited scope.

2014’s Moonshine in the Trunk and this year’s Love and War may as well be the same album. Great hooks, amazing guitar work, clever puns, interesting guest appearances and an overall sense that I have heard every bit of this before.

I’d love to hear Paisley’s all-acoustic album, or his break-up album (though I hope for only the best in his adorable marriage to Kimberly Williams). He is brimming with talent but seems content to stir it into the same formula every time. I know that’s a traditional country star thing to do, but so many others in his genre are paving more interesting paths. It’s time for a detour.

(All that said, this is a great song from Love and War.)

[Verse 1]
Bobby threw a party
When his parents left town
He told a few people who told a few people
And word got around
It was a legendary evenin’
The whole place got trashed
It took all day Sunday and four of his buddies and twelve Glad bags
They got it all cleaned up, hauled it off in a truck
Before his parents got back
When they got home
He gave them a hug
And almost a heart attack

[Chorus]
‘Cause there was one beer can
Lying there on the floor
Right behind the sofa
You could see it from the door
His daddy threw a fit
And Bobby discovered
There ain’t nothing in this world can ruin your whole summer
Like one beer can
One beer can

[Verse 2]
Bobby had a car
His parents paid for
He’d take it out on dates
And drive it out to the lake
But he don’t anymore
Now all of his friends
Are still going out
Not a care in the world
Just thinking about girls
And Bobby sittin’ home and thinking about

[Chorus]
That one beer can
Lying there on the floor
Right behind the sofa
You could see it from the door
That’s all it took
You talk about a bummer
Ain’t nothing in this world can ruin your whole summer
Like one beer can
One beer can

[Verse 3]
It could’ve been worse
But that ain’t the point
It could’ve been a rubber
Or a half-smoked joint
The hardest part is
It was almost fine
They drank a hundred beers
And cleaned up ninety-nine

[Outro]
But there was one beer can
Lying there on the floor
Right behind the sofa
You could see it from the door
His daddy had a fit
And Bobby discovered
There ain’t nothing in this world can ruin your whole summer
Like one beer can
One beer can

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,422: ‘One Beer Can’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Rob says:

    Agreed … pretty much all around. I’ve been a fan since “Mud On The Tires” and I have all his albums. But I’ve found the past couple of releases just more of the same, and the songs are less stellar. Each album has a gem or two, but his earlier work appears to be stronger and more cohesive. That said, one would be hard pressed to find a better guitar player.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    This song sounds like the generic country music I have no use for. From what you and Rob say, and what I have heard, the earlier work was more interesting and plain better.

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