Adiós and vaya con Dios
Yeah I’m leaving GA
And if it weren’t for tequila and pretty senoritas
I’d have no reason to stay
Adiós and vaya con Dios
Yeah I’m leaving GA
Gonna lay in the hot sun and roll a big fat one
And grab my guitar and play…

Familiar with these words? Well, these lyrics were actually taken from the chorus of the 2008 hit, “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band. It features Spanish words, Adiós and Vaya con Dios, which translates to “Thank you and God be with you” in English. According to Wyatt Durrette, a member of the band, they don’t want to overthink a song. The “adios and Vaya con Dios” part was another song. It’s happened with a handful of songs, they took a little piece of things they’ve written in the past. If they fit melodically and they make sense, the band puts it in the song.

Key West, Florida. (Photo by moneycrashers.com)

While listening to the song, you can immediately guess that this song is about fun, party and vacation. The song also hints that the vacation will happen in a beach, by the sea. Since spring has already commenced and we’re looking forward to the hot weather summer, how about opening your music gallery and try playing this song. Enjoy!

Song Facts

“Toes” is a country song written and recorded by American country music band Zac Brown Band. It was released in 2008. Lead singer Zac Brown and bass guitarist John Driskell Hopkins co-wrote the song with Shawn Mullins and Wyatt Durrette. To note, it is the third single from the band’s major-label debut album The Foundation in 2008. Moreover, it was the third top ten country hit and second number one for Zac Brown Band.

Interestingly, “Toes” ranked no. 1 and topped Hot Country Songs. It was the band’s second no. 1 in three attempts. Meanwhile, their debut chart entry “Chicken Fried” previously spent two weeks at the summit. This meant that the Zac Brown Band were the first group to ascend to the pole position with two of their first three chart entries. The last band that made this far was The Dixie Chicks, whose second and third chart entries “There’s Your Trouble” and “Wide Open Spaces” were both no. 1 in 1998.

Story Behind the Song

In an interview, the Zac Brown Band revealed the story behind the creation of this song. “Toes” was inspired by Wyatt Durette’s 30th birthday. In celebration of his 30th year, Durrette spent a vacation in the beautiful Key West, Florida.

080515 ZAC BROWN BAND – Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Durrette explained in his interview,

“I went to the Keys with four of my friends for four days. On the morning of the third day, I turned to my friends and said, ‘I’ve got my toes in the water, ass in the sand, not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today.’ I said that whole line. So I called Zac to tell him that we needed to start working on this song.”

In which Zac Brown responded,

“I had played a show in Atlanta and had gotten out at two or three in the morning. I’d driven back to my house, which was an hour-and-a-half drive. It was 5:30 in the morning, and my house phone rang. It was Wyatt. He was at the beach, as he often is. Loves to be at the ocean. He starts to look like he’s from the Middle East after he gets back up from the fair-weather months.”

Whatever the story of the song is, I personally like how the lyrics, melody, rhythm and overall, how the music come together. The band is undeniably country, worthy of applause and awards.

Watch and listen to this Zac Brown Band’s 2008 no. 1 hit.

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