Walker Hayes fits an awful lot into a short song. Just look at his hits "Fancy Like" and "AA," songs that tell a very detailed story in a very short period of time. Friday he released a song that one-ups himself in that department.
Titled "Good With Me," the song addresses a lot of things that are the subject of dinner table arguments and political debates in a brisk two minutes and twenty-five seconds:
- Organized religion's logic.
- Homosexuality's link to brands of light beer.
- The fairness of college athletes being compensated for their name, image and likeness.
- COVID-19's link to Chinese scientists.
- The R&B-to-mainstream qualities of Hayes' own music lampooning the legacy of Hank Williams and other traditional country icons.
- The U.S. border with Mexico.
- Many Americans' confusion with gender identities that exist beyond the conventional binary.
- His own daughter's exorbitant spending habits.
- The U.S. government taking liberties with civil rights via the deregulation of cellular technology.
- Progressive views on marijuana legalization.
- Hayes' belief that his own label, Monument Records, fears he'll be canceled for making broad statements about all of the above issues.
Walker says the song spawned from an episode at the gym when close friends got "loud, bowed up and passionate about one of his opinions on a socially relevant topic in today's world."
"I am a husband and country music songwriter with six kids and three dogs," he said. "I have enough occupations to fill my mental capacity each day adequately. I don't think I can also absorb the news and have the ability to argue my opinions about that news on top of everything else I have going on in my life. We all need to sit and take a moment to drink a beer and keep it real. Putting someone's divisive, polarizing opinions ahead of their humanity can lead to us dangerously dehumanizing them. It's important that − whether it's beer, coffee, playing catch, religion, work, or something − we discover ways to re-create face-to-face relationships with each other."
Whether Hayes' new song causes people to take a deep breath, relax, and debate things in quieter tones remains to be seen - but it still makes for a fun tune.