Over swampy grooves and slide guitars, the Brothers Osborne share a message about putting prejudice aside. The siblings note during the feel-good bluesy jam that people on opposite sides of the fence can put aside their differences and coexist.
Hatin' somebody ain't never got nobody nowhere It's a bad seed to sow It's a dead-end road When you go there Makin' any headway that way Ain't got no prayer
The Brothers Osborne are saying that choosing hate over love is pointless, has no benefit, and only leads to ruin.
John and TJ Osborne wrote the song with Casey Beathard. "It was an idea that Casey brought to us," TJ recalled, "and we instantly were like, 'Man, I just love what that says.'"
"And everyone's been guilty of doing some hatin'. I have," he added. "And it's a song that, it's fun to sing for people to kinda just remind them, but also to remind myself."
The duo tie-in a family connection during the second verse, when they reference their onetime "stubborn hillbilly" grandfather.
A stubborn hillbilly in the middle of the city Learning how not to throw stones
John and TJ's grandad had to adjust to a different way of life when he changed his surroundings to the big city.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.