Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” Altered His Career

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Country singer Thomas Rhett nailed the formula for success. His single "Die A Happy Man" changed his career forever. More here!

Country music entertainer Thomas Rhett‘s rise to fame was a little different than most. After years of working to launch his own career, the college dropout and son of singer-songwriter Rhett Akins, debuted his first album, It Goes Like This, back in 2013. Rhett scored three No. 1 hits from his debut album and nobody was really surprised. After all, some of Thomas Rhett’s first cuts as a songwriter included Jason Aldean’s “I Ain’t Ready To Quit” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here.”

This early career success earned him recognition and launched him into creating his sophomore album. A huge life event occurred between the two projects, he married his longtime love Lauren Gregory Akins. The blonde beauty inspired the star’s big breakthrough hit, 2015’s “Die A Happy Man.”

Half of his second album, Tangled Up, was already recorded and the young singer was on the road when he sat down on the tour bus with co-writers Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur and had a conversation that would ultimately change his career.

“Three guys, having coffee, essentially still in our underwear, talking about how we had written these frivolous but fun tunes before, and talking about our beautiful wives,” Douglas shared with The Boot. “And talking about wanting to write something that might last for a minute, that might make an emotional impact on somebody, that might become something they might want to play at their wedding someday.”

Every single word of “Die A Happy Man” came from a very special place of love. “I think my fans looked at that and saw it as very genuine, which it was,” Thomas Rhett added.

Releasing “Crash And Burn” from Tangled Up got the entire world of country music talking— the artist had a cool new sound and people were digging it! Then, the release of “Die A Happy Man” came into play and really left an impression.

The romantic song only needed six weeks to climb to the top of the country charts and then proceeded to spend another six weeks at No. 1. The track was also massive success outside of the country music genre. It was official, Rhett had succeed as a crossover artist and did so with a bang!

Obviously this tune means a lot to the star on a personal and professional level. He even cleverly inserted a reference to the hit into his song “Life Changes” where he sings, “And I wrote a little song about holding her hand and now everybody wanna die happy now.”

Enjoy revisiting “Die A Happy Man” and its lyrics below!

“Die A Happy Man” Lyrics 

Baby last night was hands down
One of the best nights
That I’ve had no doubt
Between the bottle of wine
And the look in your eyes and the Marvin Gaye
Then we danced in the dark under September stars in the pourin’ rain
And I know that I can’t ever tell you enough
That all I need in this life is your crazy love
If I never get to see the Northern lights
Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night
Oh if all I got is your hand in my hand
Baby I could die a happy man
A happy man, baby, hmm
Baby and that red dress brings me to my knees
Oh but that black dress makes it hard to breathe
You’re a saint, you’re a goddess, the cutest, the hottest, a masterpiece
It’s too good to be true, nothing better than you
In my wildest dreams
And I know that I can’t ever tell you enough
That all I need in this life is your crazy love
If I never get to see the Northern lights
Or if I never get to see the Eiffel Tower at night
Oh if all I got is your hand in my hand
Baby I could die a happy man yeah
I don’t need no vacation, no fancy destination
Baby you’re my great escape
We could stay at home, listen to the radio
Or dance around the fireplace
And if I never get to build my mansion in Georgia
Or drive a sports car up the coast of California
Well if all I got is your hand in my hand
Baby I could die a happy man
Baby I could die a happy man
Oh, I could die a happy man
You know I could girl
I could die, I could die a happy man, uh oh hmm

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