About the song

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard of Alan Jackson, one of the most successful and influential artists of the genre. He has sold over 75 million records worldwide, won dozens of awards, and been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. But did you know that he also released a song that same year that reflects on his life and career as he approaches his 60s? The song is called “The Older I Get”, and it’s the last track on his latest album, Where Have You Gone, which came out in 2021.

“The Older I Get” is a poignant and honest song that celebrates the wisdom and contentment that come with age, while also acknowledging the challenges and regrets that are inevitable. Jackson sings about how he values the people he loves more than money and stuff, how he doesn’t care about being cool or popular anymore, and how he wouldn’t trade his life for anything. He also admits that he misses some of his old friends, that he wishes he could do some things over, and that he still has dreams to chase.

The song was written by Adam Wright, Hailey Whitters, and Sarah Turner, who originally had a different version of the song with lighter verses. However, Jackson asked them to change the first verses to something deeper, because he wanted the song to reflect how he really felt. He said in a statement: “This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days. It’s a good song; I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things, and this is how it ended up.”

The song was released as a single on October 20, 2017, three days after Jackson’s 59th birthday. It was his first studio recording of a new song since 2015. The song received positive reviews from critics and fans alike, who praised Jackson’s authentic and heartfelt vocals, as well as the relatable and universal lyrics. The song also resonated with Whitters, one of the co-writers, who said in an interview: “I just started thinking about time and age, and how we evolve as we get older…I was talking to Adam Wright and Sarah Allison Turner, my co-writers, about that, and we just started writing all these verses…It’s a huge compliment. Alan Jackson is my favorite songwriter of all time…so it was pretty cool to have him care enough to really want it to be perfect.”

“The Older I Get” is not only a beautiful song, but also a fitting tribute to Jackson’s legacy as one of the greatest country singers of all time. He has proven that he can still make music that touches people’s hearts and souls, no matter how old he gets. As he sings in the chorus: “Funny how it feels I’m just getting to my best years yet.”

If you want to listen to “The Older I Get” by Alan Jackson, you can stream it on Spotify or YouTube. You can also check out his album Where Have You Gone, which features 21 songs, 15 of which are written by Jackson himself. You can find more information about Alan Jackson and his music on his official website or his social media accounts.

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