“Tennessee Orange” by Megan Moroney
To begin with, “Tennessee Orange” is a love song – a really interesting one. And why? This is because it takes a fresh approach to the well-worn musical topic of being thoroughly smitten.
As a premise, Megan Moroney is in fact from the state of Georgia. And there down south, you have communities that take the likes of football very seriously and are territorial accordingly. For instance, “the Dawgs” mentioned in the final chorus is a reference to the University of Georgia Bulldogs’ football team. Also to note, Moroney is actually a graduate of said school.
And in this case, the addressee is the vocalist’s mother. And what Megan is calling to tell her is that she has in fact fallen in love, though with a man from Tennessee, which is a rival state as far as sports are concerned.
The football team for the University of Tennessee, who are known as the Volunteers, their primary color is orange. So that’s why this track is titled “Tennessee orange”. Or put more precisely Megan, due to now being head over heels with a foreigner if you will, has gone from wearing red, the color of the Bulldogs, to orange, that of the Volunteers. Furthermore, beyond that, she’s even “learning the words to old Rocky Top”, i.e. the Volunteers’ theme song, if you will.
So the reason Megan is calling home is twofold. One is to announce, as mentioned earlier, that she has found someone whom she’s euphorically in love with. But second is so that mom dukes can break the news to her father – by implication the real Bulldogs’ fan in the family – that now, as a result, his daughter has switched sides.
Just as an interesting side note, it has been suggested that perhaps whom Moroney is singing about is none other than country music star Morgan Wallen, who does have “blue eyes” and also happens to be from Tennessee.
As of this track’s issuance on 2 September 2022, Megan Moroney is an up-and-coming musician with a notable social-media presence. That is to say that she doesn’t yet have a Wikipedia page, but the 25 year old songstress does boast nearly 350,000 followers on TikTok and an additional 150,000 via Instagram.
As of this writing, her most-popular song appears to be a 2021 outing titled “Wonder”.
Did Megan write “Tennessee Orange”?
Megan wrote this song with David Fanning, Paul Jenkins and Ben Williams. And it was produced by one of her regular collaborators, Kristian Bush.