The Meaning Behind The Song: What They’re Talkin’ About by Rhett Akins
As a DJ, I have come across numerous songs throughout my career that have struck a chord with listeners. Some songs become chart-topping hits, while others remain hidden gems in the vast world of music. One such song that holds a special place in my heart is “What They’re Talkin’ About” by Rhett Akins.
I first heard this song on a late night drive several years ago. I stumbled upon it while flipping through radio stations, looking for a catchy tune to keep me company on my journey. Little did I know that this song would not only capture my attention but also resonate with me on a personal level.
The lyrics of “What They’re Talkin’ About” tell a story of young love and the exhilaration that comes with finding someone you can’t live without. The song opens with the protagonist stealing the keys to his father’s car, taking his beloved on a midnight drive. Their hearts race as they speed down Highway 9, with no destination in mind.
Although they didn’t have a traditional “lover’s lane,” the couple finds solace in a quiet backroad. It is during this stolen moment that the protagonist realizes he has found something special. The lyrics convey the feeling of certainty that this must be exactly what people talk about when they find their true soulmate.
Rhett Akins, along with Paul Nelson and Larry Boone, wrote the song, and it was featured on Akins’ album “A Thousand Memories” in 1995. The release date of January 3, 1995, marks the beginning of the song’s journey into the hearts of listeners.
The lyrics also reference the portrayal of love in popular culture. The protagonist had read about it in magazines, seen it on the movie screen, and heard it in countless songs. But it wasn’t until that moment, when they ignited a love that still burns passionately, that they truly understood what others had been talking about.
There is a sense of self-discovery and awakening in the song. It beautifully captures the feeling of finding someone who not only illuminates your life but also becomes an integral part of your being. “Somewhere deep in the night, I saw the light. Oh, her love got a hold of me, left no doubt. This must be what they’re talkin’ about.”
Personally, this song resonated with me because it reminded me of a similar experience in my own life. I remember stumbling upon “What They’re Talkin’ About” at a friend’s house, after a long and tiring day. As soon as the opening chords filled the room, I was captivated.
The lyrics painted a vivid image in my mind, and the melody carried me away to a place where love was powerful and all-encompassing. It reminded me of the magic that exists when two souls connect and form an unbreakable bond.
“What They’re Talkin’ About” evokes emotions of euphoria and reassurance. It serves as a reminder that love, in its purest form, is a transformative force that can change lives and bring immense happiness.
So, the next time you come across this song on the radio or your playlist, take a moment to truly listen to the lyrics. Let yourself be transported to a place where love is all-consuming and understand why the protagonist believes, “This must be what they’re talkin’ about.”
As a DJ, I have witnessed the power of music to touch hearts and bring people together. “What They’re Talkin’ About” by Rhett Akins is a testament to the universality of love and the deep emotions it can evoke. It is a reminder that sometimes, finding the one you can’t live without is the most beautiful thing in the world.