Keith Urban Sings His Latest No. 1 Hit with His Songwriters

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Keith Urban didn’t understand why people were talking about the risqué line in his latest number one hit “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.

And I’m a child of a backseat freedom, baptized by Rock N’ Roll. 

“I interpreted that line as meaning back before there were seat belts,” Urban said talking to the crowd at his most recent No. 1 party. “However you interpret that is it all to do with a lack of protection in the backseat.”

The song written by Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally hit home with Urban, even though he grew up far, far away from “Mark Twain on the Mississippi.” The lyrics and the theme still resonated deeply to him– all of it– especially the line about “Wheel of Fortune,” because yes, he grew up watching that in Australia.



The No. 1 party was the first time all of the songwriters performed the song with Urban, who changed it quite a bit from the original demo. The funky bass line was Urban’s idea.

Urban will also get to perform it on the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Nov.4 along with John (Cougar) Mellencamp. According to Urban, he doesn’t know yet if Mellencamp will sing it or not.