Luke Bryan Reveals Why He Wouldn’t Change Key Line in ‘Most People Are Good’
Luke Bryan's recent No. 1 hit, "Most People Are Good," has earned him unexpected appreciation from the LGBTQ community. The song's chorus features a line that the community champions: "I believe you love who you love / Ain't nothing you should ever be ashamed of," and the singer says he wouldn't change those words.
One of the many standout lines in the song, which David Frasier, Ed Hill, and Josh Kear co-wrote, the singer admits that the first time he heard "Most People Are Good," those particular words didn't jump out at him.
"The first time I heard the song, I was just so enamored with it as a body of work and everything it was saying that that line passed me by," Bryan shared backstage at the 2018 CMA Music Festival (quote via the Boot). "I just thought of it as a love line. I'll be truthful: I thought about it as maybe an interracially charged line, but even that was only after multiple listens to the song."
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While he didn't predict the song would be so well received by LGBTQ listeners, Bryan certainly recognizes the power of that line.
"Going into recording it, if somebody had asked me if I would ever change that line, I would have been like, 'Are you crazy? Not in a million years,'" he says. "I think that song is about the world in general. That line, in particular, needs to be interpreted however the listener wants to interpret it."
He adds, "I think it can help free up the Nashville community of songwriters to getting closer and closer to writing whatever they want. It takes one line and makes it into 20 lines. That's what good music's all about."
"Most People Are Good" spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. It is the second single from Bryan's current album, What Makes You Country.
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