Zach Bryan, Burn Burn Burn: the lyrics & the meaning

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Burn Burn Burn is a song released by Zach Bryan on August 25. As it happened with some of his previous country songs, like Something In The Orange, fans get deeply connected to his lyrics and want to discover the song’s more profound meaning. This track may require a rigorous analysis of the content: in this article, we will explore the song’s meaning and provide the complete lyrics at the end.

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Burn Burn Burn: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Burn Burn Burn is a song about the desire we all have for simplicity in life. In the lyrics, Zach Bryan exposes his way of seeing life: trying to pursue the values of our existence, build meaningful relationships, leaving a positive mark in the world, and then reaching the end of the path, reconnecting with our “dearly departed” and proving that our life was worth living.

The song’s beginning is a mild accusation of the superficiality that many people have in their lifestyle:

Well, everyone seems a damn genius lately
Tik-Tok talkin’, late-night TV
There’s still so much that I have yet to know
We get dressed up just to go downtown
In some ego-filled late-night crowd
Seems to be where I feel the most alone

The ways all people put so much effort into their presence on social networks and their expectations in nightlife events are distant from Zach Bryan’s lifestyle. The singer describes an entirely different set of values that guide his life: his faith in God, his connection with nature, and his humble needs.

I’d like to get lost on some old back road
Find a shade tree and a honey hole
And talk to my grandpa again
And I see God in everything
The trees and pain and nights in the spring
So why do I still long for a home?

You can sense some sadness in these lyrics: the American artist feels he’s living his life according to all the good values he believes in. Nevertheless, he feels he didn’t find his shelter. A sensation that is probably related to how different he thinks from other people. If the world seems full of superficial individuals, you will always feel in the wrong place, even though you value life in the best way.

I’d like to lay in a field on a cozy blanket
And feel the fear of never wakin’
To know the true warmth of the sun
I’d like to love my lady long and hard
And lay down lines of laymen guitar
Never leave her lovin’ arms again

Needing love is normal when you feel your life has everything in the right place: that’s why Zach Bryan can admit it with no problem. Next to this need, it seems clear that the image of love he has is simple, made of humble things, and not demanding. Simplicity remains the actual main topic of the song, and it comes back some lines later when the singer wishes for a life closer to how children live.

I wanna be a child climbin’ trees somewhere
Breathin’ in the fresh, outside air
And before I knew this life was unkind
I want a well-trained dog on a couple of acres
A kind, kind lady and a place to take her
Few good friends I can count on one of my hands

From a religious point of view, living like children means being free from the superstructures of the adult mindset: children are perfectly connected to the nature and simplicity of life, and they have the ability to live a life that reflects best God’s word: enjoy the little things, valuing human relationship above everything and seeking the pure joy of living.

For Zach Bryan, the priority is to fill life with the right things and arrive at the end of his path with the proper awareness: proud and happy with the way he lived, in peace with God and with himself, at ease with the actions that represented his lifestyle. As a praise to simplicity, the lyrics of Burn Burn Burn also become the mirror of a lifestyle guided by God’s will.

I know I’m bound to die one day
So when I reach those golden gates
I pray to say I did the best I can
Sit with my mother and the dearly departed
Send a prayer down to the broken-hearted
Let ’em know it all turns out just fine

The last verse is the natural conclusion of these thoughts:

So let me go down the line
Let me feel it all, joy, pain, and sky
So let me go down the line
We all burn, burn, burn, and die

As a man in complete peace with himself, Zach Bryan only wishes to keep living life with all its highs and lows in his harmonious way. Like a candle, we burn, burn, burn and when our time has come, we die and present our life’s values to God. That’s the real meaning of the lyrics inside the song: when we are aware that we are living most worthily, we hope to keep this energy until the end, proving to God and ourselves that we value life how we were supposed to do.

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The complete lyrics

Well, everyone seems a damn genius lately
Tik-Tok talkin’, late-night TV
There’s still so much that I have yet to know
We get dressed up just to go downtown
In some ego-filled late-night crowd
Seems to be where I feel the most alone

I’d like to get lost on some old back road
Find a shade tree and a honey hole
And talk to my grandpa again
And I see God in everything
The trees and pain and nights in the spring
So why do I still long for a home?

I’d like to lay in a field on a cozy blanket
And feel the fear of never wakin’
To know the true warmth of the sun
I’d like to love my lady long and hard
And lay down lines of laymen guitar
Never leave her lovin’ arms again

My exes hate me and my friends all miss me
I wanna drown in rotgut whiskey
Leave this small town for a while
Head to Paris on a late-night flight
Find a bar and get in a fight
Write a few poems on a sunny balcony

I wanna be a child climbin’ trees somewhere
Breathin’ in the fresh, outside air
And before I knew this life was unkind
I want a well-trained dog on a couple of acres
A kind, kind lady and a place to take her
Few good friends I can count on one of my hands

I know I’m bound to die one day
So when I reach those golden gates
I pray to say I did the best I can
Sit with my mother and the dearly departed
Send a prayer down to the broken-hearted
Let ’em know it all turns out just fine

To know me is to love me and to hate me is to wrong me
I prefer my nights so lonely
Love blues guitar, muscle cars, and gin
I’m a simple man, I don’t need much
Just my simple songs and some human touch
I’m tired now so I’m bringin’ my a – home

So let me go down the line
Let me feel it all, joy, pain, and sky
So let me go down the line
We all burn, burn, burn, and die