Black Tears

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  • Despite the song's references to drugs and strippers, Aldean told Billboard magazine that listeners shouldn't pass judgment on its risqué content. "I hope people actually listen to the song, listen to the lyrics, listen to what the song's saying," he said. "If they think, 'that song's about a stripper, I can't listen to this,' they're going to completely miss the idea of what the song's about. Honestly, I think it's one of the most well-written songs on the record. Like 'Dirt Road Anthem' and songs like that, it allows us to branch off in a different direction and try something new."
  • Nashville singer-songwriter Cannan Smith and Tyler Hubbard of Florida-Georgia Line penned the song, which was originally included on FGL's independently produced EP, 2010's Anything Like Me. According to Hubbard, Aldean found the song online himself, and he called his producer Michael Knox the same night wanting to cut it.

    When we spoke with Hubbard at the 2013 ACM Awards, he explained: "That was just one of those songs where you try to put yourself in somebody else's shoes and write from their perspective. It worked out nicely for us. That's been a song that we loved for a log time, and it's really cool that Aldean cut it and it did well for him so it's an honor, man."
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