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Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, country music star Jon Pardi sings about falling in love and growing old together in the easy-listening country hit, “Head Over Boots.”
He sings, “The way you sparkle like a diamond ring / Maybe one day we can make it a thing / Test time and grow old together / Rock in our chairs and talk about the weather, yeah.”
The 2015 song was inspired by the loving couples Pardi observed in the dance halls near his father’s home in Hill County, TX. The older folks and younger folks sharing the dance floor looked so happy two-stepping around a circle that he decided to write “Head Over Boots” with an old-school vibe energized by a fiddle accompaniment.
“I was sitting in Spring Branch, TX, at my dad’s house and I started kinda strummin’ this little old-sounding country thing in his living room, and I recorded it on my phone,” the 37-year-old Pardi explained on the Universal Music Group Nashville website. “I was thinking, ‘Man, I need a good love song for the ladies out there.’”
And that’s when he came up with the idea of “head over boots,” a country version of the term “head over heels.”
“I went to [co-writer] Luke Laird and we kind of threw out the title and we came up with a cool little old-school modern new love song, and it’s my first love song on Country radio,” he said at the time of the song’s release.
Pardi and Laird revealed to Billboard magazine that their feel-good song is actually written from two perspectives. Unwed at the time, Pardi saw the song from the point of view of someone looking for a long-term relationship, while his married writing partner approached the song from the vantage point of a family man who is dedicated to keeping the romantic spark alive in his relationship.
Pardi is now a married man. He proposed to Summer Duncan in 2019 and the couple married in 2020. They are expecting their first child.
“Head Over Boots,” which was released as the lead single from Pardi’s second studio album, California Sunrise, shot to the top of the US Billboard Country Airplay chart. It also peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs list and #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also reached #2 on the Canada Country chart and #64 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Please check out the video of Pardi and his band performing “Head Over Boots.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…
“Head Over Boots”Written by Jon Pardi and Luke Laird. Performed by Jon Pardi.
I wanna sweep you off your feet tonightI wanna love you and hold you tightSpin you around on some old dance floorAct like we never met before for fun, ’cause
You’re the one I want, you’re the one I needBaby, if I was a king, ah, you would be my queenYou’re the rock in my rollYou’re good for my soul, it’s trueI’m head over boots for you
The way you sparkle like a diamond ringMaybe one day we can make it a thingTest time and grow old togetherRock in our chairs and talk about the weather, yeah
So, bring it on in for that angel kissPut that feel good on my lips, ’cause
Yeah, I’m here to pick you upAnd I hope I don’t let you down, no, ’cause
I wanna sweep you off your feet tonightI wanna love you and hold you tightSpin you around on some old dance floor
Credit: Screen capture via Youtube.com / CMT.