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Jim Collins and David Lee Murphy wrote this song about a couple riding a tractor on a date. Collins appears to have a thing for penning “tractor” songs having previously co-written Kenny Chesney’s 1999 hit single “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”
David Lee Murphy, who had a successful solo career in the 1990s including the hits “Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle,” told The Boot the story of the song: “I live outside of Nashville. I spend a lot of time out on my farm and on my tractor. The night before [Jim and I] had gotten together to write, I was out bush-hogging. One of my favorite things to do is get out and bush-hog at night and play around with my tractor. I was out riding around one night, and I just got the idea for that song. I started singing the chorus in my head.
I was supposed to write with Jim the next day. I walked into his office and I said, “Hey man, do you feel like writing another tractor song?” He just busted out laughing and said, “It’s been about eight years since ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’… I think I’m through!” We sat down and wrote that song.
When you write songs sometimes, you just have a feeling that “this is going to be a hit song.” I had that feeling with ‘Party Crowd,’ and I had that feeling with ‘Dust on the Bottle.’ When we wrote ‘Big Green Tractor,’ it just felt like, “Man, this song feels really great. It’s special and it’s different.” You just feel fortunate to be around when something like that happens. Songwriters, we just sit around there and wait for the ideas to come. Some days it doesn’t happen, and some days it does. That was just one of those days that I was lucky enough to be there when that one came up.”
This was Aldean’s third #1 on the Country chart
The song was originally pitched to Jake Owen but he passed on it.
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She had a shiny little beamer with the rag top down,
Sittin’ in the drive but she wouldn’t get out,
The dogs were all barking and wagging around,
And I just laughed and said y’all get in,
She had on a new dress and she curled her hair,
She was looking too good not to go somewhere,
Said what you want to do baby I don’t care,
We can go to the show we can stay out here
And I can take you for a ride on my big green tractor,
We can go slow or make it go faster,
Down through the woods and out to the pasture,
Long as I’m with you it really don’t matter,
Climb up in my lap and drive if you want to,
Girl you know you got me to hold on to,
We can go to town but baby if you’d rather,
I’ll take you for a ride on my big green tractor
Said we can fire it up and I can show you aro
Or we can go another round,
On my big green tractor.
Writer/s: DAVID LEE MURPHY, JIM COLLINS
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