Sixteen

Album: Life Changes (2017)
Charted: 42
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Thomas Rhett sings of always wanting to be just a few years older: In the first verse he's 15 and learning to drive, but can't wait to be 16 with a license. In the second verse he gets his car, but he's longing to be 18.

    Now that I can drive, finally feel alive, but I got this curfew
    Sneakin' in late, smelling like my girlfriend's perfume
    People talk about college and knowledge and that's alright
    But all I'm thinkin' 'bout is an unsupervised Saturday night


    "Even if you aren't 16, and you're 12, you cannot wait to be 16 and get your car," Rhett shared at a media listening party. "No matter how old you are, there's a part of you that would love to go back and relive those years again, because they are such pivotal moments in your life: getting your license for the first time, being able to buy a lottery ticket or a can of tobacco for the first time, or being able to drink legally for the first time."

    "The song's kind of telling your 16-year-old self not to wish away your years, because you always want to be older, until you get older, and all you want to be is younger," he continued. "It's kind of a song about trying to find contentment, if you will."
  • Rhett wrote the song with "Die a Happy Man" hit makers Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur. The same trio also penned another Life Changes track "Sweetheart."
  • Thomas Rhett told The Boot this is his favorite track on Life Changes. "I love songs that take you back," he said. "I love feeling nostalgic, whether it's watching a movie about high school or college or whatever; I love traveling back in time. And that song I think is really just me going back and basically talking to my 16, 18, 21-year-old self, and wishing I could go back and tell you not to wish your life away - being 16 and not dying to be 18, but really relishing what it feels like to be 16 and driving for the first time.

    Rhett added: "I think we've all been there - whether we are 16 or whether we're 80 years old, we've all been in that situation - and I think that is my favorite story song."
  • Thomas Rhett wrote this song when he was 25 years old. He concludes it by singing, "Now I'm 25 and I'm drinking wine with my wife at home."
  • Though the song is about growing up, Thomas Rhett feels it is relevant to both young and old. "Whether you're 15 or 92, I think you can relate to the song two different ways, whether it's wanting to rush through life when you're 15 or wanting to go back to being 16 when you're 92," he told The Boot. "I think that everybody can relate to the song in some form or fashion."
  • The song is a reminder to enjoy the moment, rather than always looking forward. "I feel like so many of us go through life," Rhett explained to ABC News, "just always 'can't wait to get to the next step,' when you really just should sit there and cherish it, because one day you're gonna look back at it and be like, 'Man, those were great times.'"

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