Dirty Dishes

Album: Clear As Day (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • Scotty explained why this Michael Dulaney, Neil Thrasher and Tony Martin penned cut "passed the mama crying test." Said the American Idol champ: "We would get a bunch of songs in and we would all sit down and listen to them as a family. If Mama heard it and she started crying, I would tell Universal, 'It passed the mama crying test so it must be a good one.'"
  • The song manages to express a positive message in a non-clichéd way. Said Scotty: "It's about a family sitting down to dinner and mama sits down and she prays and thanks the Lord for things in life that would normally annoy somebody, like slamming doors, dirty dishes and loud kids. But it shows that you should be grateful in life and not take things for granted. It says slamming doors means you live in a warm and loving home and noisy kids just mean they are happy kids. It's a cool and different way of looking at life and reminds you not to take life for granted and to be thankful for things that might otherwise bother you."

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