ADD: Strip It Down – Luke Bryan (Capitol)

This is the hum that’s been stuck in my head for a week now. This and “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver, but that’s another thing entirely. Out of my head damned Oldie. Out now!! So Luke’s got himself a serious sex song here. This is sexy. Everything’s sexy about it, like that soft Hawaiian-ish guitar lick there at the the 2:20 mark. And the lyric, good lawdy, the personalized, private mental imagery that can be created from these words. “Baby leave my t-shirt in the hall.” (she’s got nothing beneath). “Like a needle finds a groove” (wow, that’s a new way to say it. i’m impressed). ” Well, hey. Here are all the words below. And here’s something that struck me. If you read these words, the guy sounds just desperately horny. Obviously he has fucked-up in a big way, he still loves her probably, he ain’t had any in a long time and they used to be great in the sack together, least-wise for him it was. He figures it was for her, too, so that’s the pitch here. Now, when i heard the song several times, not having read the lyrics, the same words didn’t give me near the same impression. Instead, I heard a guy who sounds remorseful about whatever the heck it was that caused them to be separated just now, but, you know, he really, really wants this thing to work. He knows it can work because they were so damned great together when they were between those sheets. So that’s my take. Everybody will individuate it their own way, sure. But everybody will know this is a love song about stripping off the clothes and making love sweet love. This is a great, romantic record.

Let it fade to black
Let me run my fingers down your back
Let’s whisper, let’s don’t talk
Baby, leave my t-shirt in the hall
Like a needle finds a groove
Baby, we’ll remember what to do
To drown out every distraction
It’s time we made it happen

Strip it down, strip it down
Back to you and me, like it used to be
When it was an old back road with an old school beat
Cowboy boots by your little bare feet
Let it out, tell me right now
Everything I need in them white cotton sheets
Dirty dance me slow in the summertime heat
Feel my belt turn loose from these old blue jeans
We both know that we lost it somehow
Let’s get it found
Strip it down, down, down

I wanna drop this cell phone now
And let it shatter on the ground
They ain’t holdin’ nothin’ these two hands
Until they’re holding you again, oh

Repeat Chorus
Strip it down, down, down

I don’t wanna let you go, no, not tonight
I just wanna love you so bad, baby
So, let’s close our eyes and

Repeat Chorus
Strip it down, down, down
Strip it down, down, down
Written by Luke Bryan, Jon Nite and Ross Copperman
Produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens