In this reflective song, Aldean looks to stay true to himself in his music. At 41 and a family man, he is not longer the guy ready to get the party started and bust out raps. He says it's "probably the most well-written song I've ever recorded."
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, he explained: A lot of times you mold yourself into being something that you think somebody else wants in order to please them. You're never going to be happy doing that. You have to be yourself and do your own thing, because if you're not happy, it ain't ever gonna happen with anybody else. There's nothing special about that song, there's no bells and whistles on it. Just a great lyric, a great melody - honest and to the point."
The track was written by Casey Beathard, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher. Aldean said that he found himself attracted to its emotional maturity. "At this point, I want to record songs that have some substance to them," he said. "There are songs that I cut when I was 27 or 28 that I wouldn't cut now. [And] there are songs that I cut now that wouldn't make sense for me to cut when I was 27 or 28. I'm more conscious of those things these days."
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.