Saturday, September 5, 2015
Jake Owen - "Real Life"
Jake Owen told Billboard and Rolling Stone that the idea for the song came when he discussed his favorite artists with songwriter-producers Shane McAnally and Ross Copperman, mentioning Sublime and Sugar Ray in particular. He also said that he wanted to record a song that differed from his usual beach-related themes, such as "Beachin'" or "The One That Got Away", and that he wanted McAnally and Copperman to give him a song about "real-life situations". McAnally and Copperman, who produced the song, wrote it with Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne.
According to Owen, the song is thematically about how "In a world of materialistic things, everybody is constantly looking for what they don't have, as opposed to looking for what's real and what you have right in front of you. That's what 'What We Ain't Got' touched on…'Real Life' is about what we've got and what's real to us."