"Straight Outta Cold Beer" is a song about partying after a hard day's work. It's written about people in rural blue collar towns all across America. Shelton said he was too old to do much of this sort of hard-drinking bonfire partying by the time he wrote this song, but he still liked thinking about young people "tearing it up" the way he used to do it. He wanted to write a sort of anthem for them.
You know we're straight out of that dirty south
Dirty roads, nobody got no money
Got them shined up pickup trucks
Whistlin' at them honies
From the country, yes sir
You know we're straight out of that long week work
At night, everybody wanna party
All night long, bonfire on the back 40
In the middle of nowhere, ain't nobody leavin' here
Til we're straight out of cold beer, straight out of cold beer
Singing so unambiguously and sentimentally about country life won Shelton praise from critics and appreciation from fans. It's a fun song, but it also delves into how country folks party so hard at least partly because they work hard jobs that often pay little money.
Just a bunch of poor boys, daddy's girls
Children of the corn field
Trying to turn a shift job into a dollar bill
We wear them muddy boots
Stay true to how we're raised
Ain't nothing about us fake
In discussing the song, Shelton told Rolling Stone, "Basically it's just about having a throwdown out in the woods - that's what we used to do in high school. I can't honestly sit here and say that I do it much anymore, I'm getting too old, but it's fun for me to sing about those times and the crazy stuff that I used to do, and the crazy stuff that I know somewhere, as we speak right now, kids are doing somewhere in somebody's field. I know you're tearing it up out there."
The song was the third promotional single for If I'm Honest, Shelton's tenth studio album.
The song was written by Marv Green, Ben Hayslip, and Justin Wilson. Hayslip also co-wrote "Honey Bee
" and "All About Tonight
." Scott Hendricks produced it.
The song differs from the rest of If I'm Honest
, which mostly deals with Shelton's recent divorce from Miranda Lambert