April 29.2015 – Story Behind “Tip It On Back” by Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley Tip It On Back

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Dierks Bentley’s talks about “Tip It On Back”: “This song’s all about blowing off some steam, which people do every night when they come out to our show … and what I did last night when I went out to a show, for the next couple hours, I’m just gonna have a good time!”

During an interview with The Boot, Bentley was asked if he was concerned about the lines, “sip a little more than you know you should” and “let the smoke roll off of your lips” when he cut the song? He replied that in this difficult economic climate, “A lot of people are out of work and sometimes you need a break and you say, ‘You know what, I’m going to drink a little more than I should.'” Bentley went on to admit that “the smoking part might be a little controversial,” before saying, “I think the idea behind the song is every now and then you’ve got to blow off some steam. And I think that’s what a Friday night is made for.”

The song was written by Tully Kennedy, who is a member of Jason Aldean’s road band with Glenvar High School and JMU graduate Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, whose tune “Glass” was cut by Thompson Square.

This was the first single released by Bentley that he didn’t write. “I’ve been trying to find some good outside songs,” he told Billboard magazine. “That’s a fun process – trying to find a song that fits who you are and what you’re trying to say.”

ROSS: This song isn’t meant to be sad. It’s meant to be more of a celebration of your hard work week on a Friday night.

TULLY: We wrote the song…and we started writing about 11 o’clock…and the song and the demo were done by 3:30. It’s nice when it happens easy, and that one really happened easy for us.

JON: We were all struggling trying to make a living doing music which is extremely difficult. Ross and Tully had new babies and sleepless nights and new baby bills to pay. I think we all wanted to write something where we could let go of some stress. The melody was first. The idea fit the music so I guess it was second, and the lyrics came in bronze.

ROSS: This was a special song in that melody and lyric pretty much came together.

TULLY: It started out with no words…it just started out with some chords…playing kind of music that we like, and the words…all of us…it just sort of poured out. I remember on this particular song, me and Ross had an idea of a groove that we wanted to write to, like a tempo, and then I started with a few chords, and then Ross started humming a melody and then Jon Nite just starts singing this little thing and he just goes ‘tip it on back,” and I was like whoa—that’s awesome! And it just kind of came out and when we write together—the three of us—it’s just like some sort of really magical thing that just sort of happens, it’s kind of special. And not every song that we write gets cut, but it’s just a good time when we do.

“Tip It On Back” peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles Chart in January of 2013.

LYRICS: Written by Tully Kennedy, Ross Cooperman and Jon Nite
I see main street closing
Miles of “For Sale” signs
And them fields ain’t growing
Fast enough to get us by
I feel the sweet release,
Of a Friday night
For a couple of hours we can run this town
Till it runs dry

Tip it on back, make it feel good
Sip a little more than you know you should
Let the smoke roll, off your lips
Let it all go whatever it is
And tip it on back

So grab the girl you came with
And set her world on fire
And watch her sway and singing to the music
Until it’s all alright
Yeah

Tip it on back, make it feel good
Sip a little more than you know you should
Let the smoke roll, off your lips
Let it all go whatever it is
And tip it on back

I don’t wanna lose this feeling
And I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna remember what I’m here to forget tonight
So tip it on back

Tip it on back, make it feel good
Sip a little more than you know you should
Let the smoke roll, off your lips
Let it all go whatever it is
And tip it on back
Tip it on back

Yeah, I don’t wanna lose this feeling
I don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna remember what I’m here to forget tonight
So tip it on back
Just tip it on back

Feel the sweet release of a Friday night
For a couple of hours we can run this town
Till it runs dry
Tip it on back

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