Derek Hoke has been in the music business for a long time and has seen his fair share of folks trying to climb to the top, only to tumble back down if they manage to get there - an observation he sings about on this tune.
"'On Top Of The Mountain is the classic 'careful what you wish for' kind of tune," the Nashville singer-songwriter explained. "There's fame in there and clout-chasing people. People who want to be famous more than anything else. And also about people that are on top and either don't stay there very long or people that do but… just how many people are wanting that for some reason, and maybe they don't even know why. So some of that's taking a look at that as an observer of people trying to do whatever it takes to achieve whatever they think makes them happy... be careful what you wish for."
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.