Kip Moore Cut-By-Cut

Up All Night

Kip Moore photo by Stephen Shepherd, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

1. "Drive Me Crazy"
(Kip Moore and Keifer Thompson)

"I wrote this with Keifer Thompson from Thompson Square. We happened to be talking about first times that particular day. We were talking about high school days and the places that you went and the time that you shared. Most everybody from high school can think of one person that they shared their high school days with. That is usually when your first times happened.

"That led to us realizing that so many things were your first times with that person. In high school, a girl I was seeing didn’t have the most desired home life. There was some anger about that with her, having to grow up fast and acting older than she was. Sometimes I would butt heads with my family or whatever. When I look back on it, I realize that they were trying to communicate with me. But at the time, my relationship with her provided us both with a safe harbor from our worlds, a getaway car from everyday life.

"This song is about two teens finding refuge in each other. We were able to block out the outside world. When we got together, that pent-up frustration would come out in a physical way. We understood each other because we both had those feelings pent up. It is how we connected on that level and why the spark was there between the two of us. It was quick and fleeting, fast and furious, while you were in it. But that is who I shared some first times with and then it was gone."

2. "Beer Money"
(Kip Moore, Blair Daly and Troy Verges)

"Blair Daly said, ‘I’ve got this title ‘Beer Money,’ but I don’t know exactly what to do with it.’ We laughed and joked around about the idea. I know where I grew up in south Georgia, nobody had any money in high school. It was a lot of middle-class to lower-class kids that we all ran with together. That is what the weekends were about: there was nowhere to go and there were no clubs, so it was all about who has the money to come up with the beer and where can we go. It was the same thing in college: you are holding out spending money on food so that you’ve got enough money that weekend to go to the beer store and have a good time. I think that is the way small-town America still is everywhere. Until you get a certain age and start working a job that pays you some money, you are just trying to keep that last little bit of money together to have some beer money for the weekend.

"I think the title completely throws you off from what the music is, and I like that about it. When you look at the title, the music is a very unexpected twist. It’s an easy-going feel-good song for people who are sitting in that town with nothing to do. That is the town that I grew up in. There was nothing to do, nothing to choose from, and a lot of times you felt like banging your fist against the wall, and the only release that you had was the weekend to go have a good time with your friends and your girlfriend, and you wanted to go and have some beers. That is what the song is. It’s just a feel-good release of that small-town America life and what it’s like growing up."

3. "Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck"
(Kip Moore and Dan Couch)

"That fell into our laps after we had already written a song that day. Dan started walking out of the room while I was playing that groove to the song. I thought he was gone, but he popped his head back in the door and he spit out the first line. We sat down and started goofing around. He called his wife and said, ‘I’m going to be about an hour late.’

"The cool thing about Dan is that he will let me run with things that other writers might not let me run with. We wrote four verses before the chorus ever came out. But it ended up making the song unique. We kept kind of building on the theme.

"I think anybody that comes from a small town has lived that song. I lived that song 5,000 times growing up. When you are from a small town like I am, there’s not a whole lot to do. You have to make your own fun and there’s a lot of sitting in fields, and a whole lot of Bud Light and fishing poles. It’s real hot in south Georgia, so all of the girls were wearing sundresses. It was all you needed back then – a truck bed, beer, a radio and good company with you. It’s a fun song that everybody lived at a young age."

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