HARDY’s sophomore project, ‘the mockingbird & THE CROW’ is out now, January 20th. Complete with 17 tracks, HARDY cuts the project in two halves, giving fans a half-country, half-rock album. Much like HARDY has continuously proved in his songwriting, each song possesses its own licks of lyrical genius.
For Country Swag, an immediate standout track on the project is “drink one for me”. Within almost all of HARDY’s songs, each has its own unique story within a story and “drink one for me” is no different. Upon first-listen, HARDY fans may recognize a similar storyline to “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” off of HARDY’s debut album. While “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” harps on singing to a lost friend in heaven, “drink one for me” answers from the opposite perspective.
“but if there’s one way to keep my memory alive til the day y’all meet me here // it’s drink one for me // just know I’d be there holdin’ one in the air // if I didn’t have somewhere to be”
In our recent interview, HARDY confirms that the idea to write a response to “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” was completely intentional for the project. “Once we had the idea that we wanted to write about somebody dying, we said we should write it from the perspective of the guy that died in “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL.” That was said out loud in the room. That was on purpose.” HARDY tells us.
While the emotional and sentimental track ties the two stories together, for those dealing with grief of their own, the cleverly written lyrics may help to serve as a form of validation in all of those moments where you can’t help but wish that that person was there with you, drinking a beer.
Listen to “drink one for me” on HARDY’s brand new album ‘the mockingbird & THE CROW’, out now. Learn more about the project in our full album review here.
Don’t miss HARDY out on the road this winter. ‘The mockingbird & THE CROW’ tour kicks off this week next month and hits New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on 2/24. For a full list of dates, visit here.
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