They Don't Know

Album: They Don't Know (2016)
Charted: 67

Songfacts®:

  • This Kurt Allison, Jaron Boyer and Josh Mirenda penned song pays respect to small-town Americans. Aldean, who grew up on the outskirts of Macon, Georgia, told Billboard magazine the song's message is simple: "Don't talk down about things you've never experienced."

    I've traveled the world, and you go to a place like Los Angeles and people assume you just sit around on a hay bale and live in a trailer," he added. "Whenever the South is portrayed in a movie, it's seldom flattering. It's a song I could relate to."
  • Aldean's love for heartland America is a topic he has touched on before in hits like "Fly Over States" and "Amarillo Sky."

    "A lot of my songs are pretty blue-collar, and that's how I grew up," Aldean said. "They're about people who live off the beaten path, and some people drive through there and look down on something they really don't know much about. But these people are proud of where they're from, and worked their whole life to get what they have. Even if you don't think it's much, it's pretty special to them, and that's something I can relate to."
  • Jason Aldean sees motion pictures, which are rarely directed or produced by people from rural communities, as a good example of what the song is saying.

    "You look at an L.A. movie producer who is directing a movie about small towns, and it's like [you see] every stereotype you could imagine. Why? Because they don't understand," he said. "They've never lived in those places; they've never experienced those things. People that look down on something or frown upon something they really don't understand or don't know about it. And to me, the song says it perfectly, and I can relate to that just growing up in Georgia where I did."
  • The defiant lyrics admonish those who see rural America as nothing more than "tractors, barbed wire and tall green grass."

    "Nothing gets under my skin more than being stereotyped," Aldean told USA Today. "If you live in some big city and you get all your fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, that stuff didn't just magically appear on the shelf. Some farmer in the Midwest or the South busted his a-- to get it there. That's how they make their living. They're some of the hardest-working people there are. A lot of times they don't get the respect they deserve."

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