Co-written by Denning with Tony Martin and Cole Taylor, this nostalgic song finds Travis Denning recalling the simple pleasures of growing up in his Warner Robins, Georgia, hometown. The singer reminisces about cracking open a cold beer from Circle K on a Friday night, and scratching off his Jackpot cards.
The song title is a clever wordplay connecting the cruising nature of the song (rolling down country lanes on Goodyear tires) and its message of growing up in simpler but happier times (good years).
The song captured fans' attention as soon as Denning began performing it during his live set. He released it as a single in response to fans' requests on October 9, 2020.
Denning describes the song as a personal "creed," noting the good values his mom and dad instilled in him. "I was raised by two parents who believed the good in life isn't given, it's earned," he shared. "I grew up surrounded by people who knew that, and knew that sometimes the things we work for don't come easy. There's no denying the bad times make the good even better. But when they do come, we sure know how to stop and take it all in. I think that's something we can all relate to right now."
The song's message of appreciating the simple things in life is a popular theme in the COVID-19 era. Runaway June's "We Were Rich
" and Justin Moore's "We Didn't Have Much
" are two other 2020 singles that reflect on finding happiness in simplicity.