Album: Take a Back Road (2011)


  • Atkins told The Boot that he feels the song's topic of lovers quarreling yet staying connected, "resonates with everybody." He added that we are all stubborn with "the ones closest to us" and "everybody argues and everybody disagrees."

    Continuing on the theme of partners being obstinate, Atkins said he thought, "it's funny how that's a romantic song but it's about not giving in and being stubborn." However, "the thing behind 'Feet' is that the things that make you argue or disagree is the same hardheadedness that makes you stay. Ultimately, that's a better love song than, 'your hair spread all around, laying you down.'"

    Atkins concluded that when he plays the song, "you can see couples holding each other and you see tears, and that's when you know you're hitting people."
  • Atkins told Billboard magazine, "It's really hard to find a love song that is real," which is why this Tony Haselden and Walker Hayes penned cut struck a chord with him. He explained: "That's when you really strike a chord with somebody, when you dig in deep and grab a hold. I've always felt that advice of 'Don't let the sun set on an argument' is pretty open-ended. It's easy to look at a sunset, and think 'Joy, Joy, Happy, Happy,' but there's more to that saying. It's usually when it's dark that you get into it, and times get darker. That hard headedness is what makes people stick it out and work through it. There are so many levels inside of that song, but it's so simple. It's just one of songs that's real."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Boz Scaggs

Boz ScaggsSongwriter Interviews

The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn YankeesSongwriter Interviews

Revisit the awesome glory of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees: cheesily-acted videos, catchy guitar licks, long hair, and lyrics that are just plain relatable.

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou HarrisSongwriter Interviews

She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.


KissFact or Fiction

Kiss is the subject of many outlandish rumors - some of which happen to be true. See if you can spot the fakes.