Dierks Bentley, ‘Tip It on Back’ – Lyrics Uncovered
The best songs on country radio typically stem from co-writes where everybody has a good time. That was the case for Dierks Bentley‘s ‘Tip It on Back’ lyrics. Penned by Tully Kennedy (who is also the bass player in Jason Aldean‘s live and studio band, as well as co-producer of Thompson Square), Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, the tune came to life as the latest single from Bentley’s ‘Home’ album.
“Me and Ross Copperman and Jon Nite wrote for the first time, maybe two weeks before [we wrote this song],” Kennedy tells Taste of Country. “So we had only written one time together. The first time we got together to write, we had so much fun and wrote such a great song, we wanted to get together again, and that’s when we wrote ‘Tip It on Back.’
“We had an idea of the groove we wanted,” Kennedy continues. “Ross had pulled up this program with a drum beat, and we started writing this song. I remember we were just kind of humming melodies as we worked on the first verse. We were talking about towns that close, and we were throwing these lines out there.”
“I see main street closing / Miles of ‘for sale’ signs / And them fields ain’t growing / Fast enough to get us by / I feel the sweet red leaves of a Friday night / For a couple of hours we could run this town / Till it runs dry,” they wrote in the ‘Tip It on Back’ opening lyrics.
“Then Jon kind of looked out the window and said, ‘Tip it on back.’ It was like, ‘Whoa,’” Kennedy says, laughing. “It was so simple.”
“Tip it on back, make it feel good / Sip a little more then you think you should / Let the smoke roll, over your lips / Let it all go whatever it is / And tip it on back,” they wrote in the song’s chorus.
“I have a lot of favorite lines in this song,” Kennedy notes. “It was such a collaborative write. We will write once or twice a month together, and it’s always like that. The chemistry is just right. We just write great together. The whole thing just poured out. We never got stuck. When you’re writing a song, sometimes you’ll get stuck on a line, and you’ll sit there and deliberate over this line forever. That didn’t happen with this song. All these cool lines just kept coming out.”
“So grab the girl you came with / And set her world on fire / And watch her sway and singing to the music / Until it’s all alright,” they continued wrote in the lyrics to the second verse of ‘Tip It On Back.’
“By 3:30 [that afternoon], we had done the demo for it. We were at Ross’ house, and we built the track there. He is really brilliant at that. Within a couple of days, it got put on hold for Dierks,” Kennedy recalls. “Dierks loved it. It’s really weird how it all happened. It happened fairly quick, but it was just one of those songs and one of those days that you’ll just never forget. We knew we had written a cool song, whether someone cut it or not.”
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