How do you follow up a gut-wrenching single that chilled country music fans to the core and elicited a myriad of emotional responses? If you’re Jake Owen, you chase “What We Ain’t Got” with the spotlight on a good ole party down south and hone in on the real life.
Owen released his new single “Real Life” today, along with a humorously fitting lyric video, re-embracing his fun, beach-y sound, only this time applying it to the boonies. With a country music rapper’esque approach to the lyrics, Owen eliminates the glitz and glamour from his every day life and settles in the sticks for a look at an exaggerated version of the real world.
The catchy tune that is appropriate for the upcoming summer season was penned by some of Nashville’s finest – Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne – and is something to which Owen firmly believes any listener can relate.
Everybody can put themselves in this song in one way or another. And I’ve been dealing with a lot of real life circumstances lately: my father’s sickness, fatherhood, getting married. These are the things I wanted to sing about, and I know my fans can relate.
The chorus celebrates the ups and downs of a layperson’s constant as Owen sings:
This is real life in the real world. We ain’t talking to no models, we got real girls. We get real low. We get real high. It ain’t all good baby, but it’s all right. Real life.
The corresponding lyric video emulates the recognition that most people don’t live amongst the stars, even taking a step in the more extreme direction and depicting those who live out in the country and spend their days out on the river, at Waffle House, and kicking back a few brewskis. If you’re looking for a fun song that will bring a smile to your face and a memory to your mind, you will find it squarely within the confines of Jake Owen’s “Real Life.”