Brett Young is one of country's emerging stars and all signs are pointing to another success for Big Machine Records. In 2016, Young released his self-titled debut EP with the single "Sleep Without You" which climbed the country charts into the top tiers. In 2017, the singer-songwriter dropped his first full-length album, which is also self-titled and peaked at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. With only one album in Young's infant career, there's still plenty of material that hit like a punch. AXS is taking a look at the 5 best Brett Young lyrics.
On "You Ain't Here to Kiss Me," Young was back home for a week and hadn't seen someone he loved. Changing his flight to leave on New Year's Eve is difficult realizing that it's over, he downs a few drinks in true country fashion.
"Five dollar drink and a lonely window seat
Half empty plane on New Year's Eve
Love birds in the row in front of me are driving me crazy
The pilot comes on, says the year is almost gone
Five, four, three, two, one
Looks like it's just me and the whiskey
'Cause you ain't here to kiss me"
Co-written with Sean McConnell, Young is asking his ex to stay away because the pain is too hard to swallow on "Mercy." It's a highlight on his self-titled album as a country heartbreaker stripped to piano, guitar and strings.
"Why you gotta show up lookin' so good just to hurt me
Why you wanna stop this whole damn world from turning
Why you hanging on so tight if this ain't working
Why you wanna stop this flame if it's still burning
'Cause it's still burning
So if you're gonna break my heart, just break it
And if you're gonna take your shot, then take it, take it
If you made up your mind, then make it
Make this fast
If you ever loved me, have mercy"
"Like I Loved You" is Brett Young's latest single and it's another heartbreaker. It's a painful moment when those words "We can still be friends" are said and there's no way to change their mind. The love is gone and it's clear that his love was stronger.
"Don't tell me we can still be friends
Hanging on the weekend
You're gonna be okay if I start seeing somebody new
You hope that I do
It won't be long
Till I forget to call every time that I'm drinking
And you ain't the love song
I can't keep from singing
I gotta be honest
You really believe that's the truth
You never loved me like I loved you"
Young isn't the best at expressing how he's feeling in "In Case You Didn't Know." He professes his deep love in his first No. 1 song. The Platinum single hit the top of the country airplay chart while peaking at No. 2 on Hot Country which combines sales, airplay and streaming.
"In case you didn't know
Baby I'm crazy 'bout you
And I would be lying if I said
That I could live this life without you
Even though I don't tell you all the time
You had my heart a long long time ago
In case you didn't know"
"Sleep WIthout You" is Brett Young's debut single released in April 2016. It took some time to catch on, but the track wound up peaking at No. 3 on Hot Country and No. 2 on Country Airplay making it his first solidified hit versus a moderate performance for a newcomer. The single has also been certified Platinum.
"I'd be tossin' and turnin' all night babe
From the smell of your hair on the pillow case
Even if I tried without you by my side I'd be dreamin' with my eyes open
I'd be tossin' and turnin' all night babe
But as long as the night ends with you in a yellow cab shootin' me a text sayin'
Coming home soon"