Shut it Down

Album: Crash My Party (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher penned cut is built around the around the lyric "any hay to make can wait for now." Bryan commented that it's probably the first time he's done "a real, real sexy song."
  • The song finds Bryan singing about a farmer literally leaving the hay that he is making so that he and his wife can figuratively go make hay while the sun shines. The double meaning is based on the expression "make hay while the sun shines," meaning to act promptly when the opportunity arises. Other similar metaphors include "strike while the iron is hot" and "take time by the forelock."
  • Bing Crosby and Marion Davies sung a song titled "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines" in the 1933 movie Going Hollywood. It used the expression in a similar way:

    "Take me where the daisies
    Cover the country lanes
    We'll make hay while the sun shines
    We'll make love when it rains."

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