Luke Bryan, the guy who brought us such chart-topping hits as “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and “That’s My Kind Of Night,” is also responsible for teaching us how to deliver the best pick-up lines. Whether you are a down-home boy hitting the dirt-strewn backroads, sipping your favorite cold beverage on the end of a tailgate in the summer heat or a more clean-cut, wear-a-penciled-beard kind of guy heading to the local dance club, these simple (yet effective) swoon-worthy tips will get you “high on summertime.”
First up, Bryan’s 2012 smash “Drunk On You,” lifted from his 2011-released “Tailgates and Tanlines” album, is the epitome of how to strategically pour on the charm. Slipped into his favorite pair of skin-tight jeans — the more faded, the better — and an equally cute button-up shirt, the performer conveys the song with as much sweetness as he does conviction. He might be a happily married man, but he sure does know how to tease his female fans.
“Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom,” the 37-year-old sings on the chorus, “dancin’ on the tailgate in a full moon. That kinda thing makes a man go mmm hmmm.” But he doesn’t stop there. He knows how to use lyrical metaphors to his advantage, unrelenting on the syrupy delivery or honest truth. He then compares his love interest to a buzz, induced, perhaps, by his favorite drink. He continues, cooing, “You’re lookin’ so good in what’s left of those blue jeans — drip of honey on the money maker, gotta be the best buzz I’m ever gonna find.” And, of the course, the hook of the song is one of the best pick-up lines you’ll ever find in a country song, “Hey, I’m a little drunk on you and high on summertime.”
Next, Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night To End” also has us turning up the radio, and of course, jotting down a few notes for our next night out. Unlike “Drunk On You,” this song (also off his 2011 platinum album) is more about enjoying every moment and soaking in the ambiance, only hinting at his lover’s impeccable beauty to reel her in. He sings on the opening verse, “Girl, I know I don’t know you but your pretty little eyes so blue are pulling me in like the moon on your skin.” It’s subtle, wholly adequate in its meaning. It doesn’t pour on thick, but rather, keeps things remarkably simple. Later, he warbles, “Gonna make the most of every mile; Do anything to make your smile land on my lips.” Quite the sweet talker, isn’t he?
Of course, the title track from his gold-debuting “Crash My Party” album released earlier this year might be our favorite. His approach is a tad bit different from his other releases, telling his girl that “it don’t matter what plans I got, I can break ‘em.” It could be “in the dead of the night,” and he would drop everything just to be with her. Could there be anything more convincing than that? “Ain’t a spot downtown that’s rockin’ the way that you rock me,” he croons later on in the song. “Ain’t a bar that can make me buzz the way that you do. I could be on the front row of the best show and look down and see your face on my phone. And I’m gone so long, hang on. I’ll meet you in a minute or two.”
This is only scratching the surface of Bryan’s impressive catalogue. Many of his other No. 1 songs, including “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” taps into the romance, something out of a Nicholas Sparks film. Judging by his screaming fans and recent good-spirited jokes about his hip-thrusting at the 47th Annual CMA Awards (co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood), the singer must be doing something right. He’s the boy-next-door transformed into the every-man superstar who knows a thing or two about courtship. Let’s learn from him.