This is the sneakiest song on Gunslinger
, as it is is full of hidden messages. "No one in the world is going to know what it's about," Brooks told Taste of Country
, "but people that know us, know our history and have known us for 30 years are gonna start digging in and finding it's got a lot of hidden jewels in it."
"Every word is some kind of hidden trick treasure that goes back to something else that they get to dig in and find," he continued.
Brooks added that "8teen" is this album's "Mom
," a song that is very personal to him.