In Northern Maine, where I’m from, there’s something called tooling. You all know it by that term or other names if you live or lived in a small town, but it’s when people simply ride aimlessly around in their cars, up one street and down another with no reason but having “nothing better to do”, which may very well be true in my small hometown at least.
Well, Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” is the redneck version. Instead of a car, it’s a big green tractor and in the place of small town roads are country pastures and woods. At any rate, it’s the being together that’s the main attraction.
While it seems that Aldean’s more refined sweetheart is all ready for a date in town, he offers a more low key alternative: “We could take a ride on my big green tractor/We can go slow or make it go faster/Down through the woods or out to the pasture/Long as I’m with you, it really don’t matter…We could go to town/But baby if you’d rather/I’ll take you for a ride on my big green tractor.”
On paper, the lyrics are surely lame, but Aldean manages to inject a certain charm that carries the song enough to be likeable. Furthermore, the production and vocal is mercifully almost as low key as the suggested activity within the song. All in all, while not a masterpiece, it is pleasant enough and one of Aldean’s more listenable efforts.
Written by James Collins Jr. & David Lee Murphy
Listen: “Big Green Tractor”