Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson, the writers behind Florida Georgia Line’s latest smash “Dirt,” recently talked to Billboard magazine about how the song started. Or where it started — in Tompkins’ hometown in Alabama.
“My hometown is pretty much an oak tree, a volunteer fire department and a high school football team,” Tompkins said. “Oh, and a funeral home.” So those opening lines like “You get your hands in it/Plant your roots in it” came from him.
Then Clawson said he wanted to add something about commitment, a concept so many country songs are missing these days.