By triggering his early career with “Somethin’ About A Woman” and “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” Jake Owen made a strong connection with female fans. And he seemed to be courting them again with the sexual references in his current hit, “Eight Second Ride.”
But women didn’t have as strong an influence on the song as Jake’s brother.
“He and all his buddies,” Jake says, “they’re like, ‘Man, all you do is write songs for girls, man. Your girlfriend — you’re always writin’ her tunes. Why don’t you write us a song that we can play in our trucks and have a good time with and crank it up loud?’ So it was like, ‘All right.’ So I did.”
In addition to its signature, Southern rock-style guitar lick, “Eight Second Ride” is full of lyrical swagger. And the real “guy” lyric comes in the chorus, with its references to over-sized truck tires and a cup for tobacco juice.
“My brother — back in the day and still does — has always spit tobacco,” Jake notes. “Every time I’d get in his truck, he’d always have a spit cup sittin’ there on his little console. And he’d always say, ‘Hey, man, watch out, man. I been spittin’ in that cup,’ and I’d always have to look out for it. So I put that line in the song about ‘climb on up, but honey, watch the cup where I’m spittin’ my dip inside.’”
Kissing a man who’s been chewing tobacco is probably a turn off to a big percentage of women, though some likely figure it’s just boys being boys and put up with it. As a result, the song hasn’t hurt his female fan base at all.
“Every girl relates to that,” Jake insists. “If, you know, they’re a good ol’ country girl, they’ve dated a guy that’s done that before. And then every guy comes up to me at shows now makin’ me sign their spit can, you know, or dip can, and it’s pretty funny.”
“Eight Second Ride” juiced the No. 12 slot on the first USA Today Mediabase country singles chart of 2010.