The Band Perry Discuss Their Hit 'Better Dig Two'
"It was our first single for our sophomore release, which some folks say is the most scrutinized piece of music that maybe an artist ever puts out," Kimberly Perry told Radio.com. "We've always operated under the guise of, the boldest step forward is the right step forward."
"Better Dig Two" was written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen. The Band Perry released the song to radio in October of 2012, and it easily reached No. 1 in early 2013. Now the video for the song (which was directed by Declan Whitebloom) has been nominated for an Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year.
"There were just a lot of words and phrases in there that really stood out to us and made it different in our eyes," said Kimberly's brother Reid, describing to Radio.com what intrigued them about "Better Dig Two." Reid called out a couple of the lyrics, notably the line that references meth ("it won't be whiskey, and it won't be meth") as part of what initially grabbed their attention. He also mentioned what he called "the backward-written lyric, about 'til death do us part'" that "takes that age-old vow one step further."
"Backwards in the sense that it's a love song, but it's also put over a really aggressive bed of music," Kimberly added.
The song takes the point of view of a woman so in love that, should anything happen to her "one man," she will follow him to the grave literally. "If you go before I do," Kimberly sings in the chorus of the song, "I'm gonna tell the gravedigger that he better dig two."
"'Better Dig Two' is kind of like the ultimate commitment song," Kimberly explained. "Anybody who has experienced true, committed and OK somewhat crazy love for someone else - you say, I would die if something ever happened to you! This particular character in our song just will not live life without her significant other."
"I think the card that our mother got for our dad for Valentine's Day probably sums it up best," she continued. "It's a picture of these two skeletons with giant red hearts, and it said 'til death do us part is for quitters.' And that's what 'Better Dig Two' is about - absolute lifetime commitment." A lot more.
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