Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” Lyrics Meaning
According to Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man” is specifically about his relationship with his wife. This is someone he has known basically his whole life and married in 2012, when he was 22-years old.
So succinctly put, this tune is an exercise in flattery. The singer is praising the addressee, his significant other, throughout its entirety. For instance, in the second verse he refers to her as a “saint”, “goddess” and “masterpiece”, amongst highly-complimentary appellations.
And the title is a roundabout way of him saying that he is completely content with her as a partner. Thus even if he does not fulfill certain aspirations, such as personally beholding the “northern lights” (i.e. auroras in the Northern Hemisphere) or the “Eiffel Tower”, he will still “die a happy man”. Indeed he considers spending the night with his wife in front of their fireplace as being tantamount to a ‘fancy vacation’ in and of itself.
So conclusively, this isn’t so much of an ode to the singer’s lover as it is the fact that in his eyes she is his ultimate fantasy fulfilled.
Facts about “Die a Happy Man”
Thomas Rhett wrote this song along with Sean Douglas and John Ward.
And country-music regular Dan Huff produced the tune in conjunction with Jesse Frasure.
Moreover the director of the music video to this track, which was filmed in Hawaii, is a friend and regular collaborator of Thomas Rhett’s by the name of TK McKamy. And Thomas’s wife, Lauren, is featured in the visual.
Thomas Rhett concurrently filmed this music video along with the visual for another of his songs, “Vacation” (2015).
“Die a Happy Man” proved to be quite popular for a country-music track. For instance it topped Billboard’s Country Airplay in addition to being certified six-times Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Canada.
Additionally, in 2016 the track also won an Academy of Country Music Award, an American Country Countdown Award, a Country Music Association Award and a Billboard Music Award, the latter being in the category of Top Country Song. And the following year it was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Song.
Moreover a 2016 a cover of this track, which was dropped by hip-hop artist Nelly, also managed to chart in both Canada and the United States.
Thomas Rhett also released an official remix of this tune in collaboration with Tori Kelly.
“Die a Happy Man” itself came out on 25 September 2015, via the efforts of Republic Records and Big Machine Records. And it served as the second single from Thomas Rhett’s sophomore album, which is entitled “Tangled Up”.