Oh, I actually did. And he's also a terrible person which leads to the final conclusion that only bigot people would listen to this kind of music. Don't misunderstood. He's a good musician, but he's a really terrible and close-minded human being. It's sad he sold his soul to what bigot American country has to offer.
OneRepublic93, you clearly haven't listened to Brad's discography. Most of his songs have got clever lyrics (Harvey Bodine is my favorite), and he's a great lyricists and guitar player. He seldom did songs about getting drunk and having sex .-.
One of the few mainstream country stars I like. Mostly because he can pull off both the poppy stuff and traditional country. He also doesnt mind making fun of himself or others in the business which I like.
Moments before taking to the stage at a showcase for industry folks at a posh MGM Grand restaurant, Josh Thompson, the writer behind the Brad Paisley song, "A Man Don't Have to Die," took a few minutes to discuss his dislike for politics, his litmus test for rooting out a good song, and his thoughts on loud preachers who “try to point out to you that maybe your way of living isn't correct”: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/josh_thompson/
Brad has always been edgy. That's why I like him. He writes songs unlike any country artists I otherwise listen to. For the most part with few exceptions, his songs were edgy in a funny kind of way. I'm sure he still has those types of songs on this record, too, but I can tell from reading about the record that it's edgy politically, too. I'm okay with that. I've always loved his originality and I always will! I didn't name my cat Paisley to abandon him when he has POSSIBLY made a "mistake" or "crossed the line" (I don't know if he has; verdict is still out)
April 2013 -- There is a bunch of conversation surrounding this song...the media has gone haywire and everyone has his own opinion, even me...I see this song for exactly what it is...two pop music artists tackling a subject, which in American culture, that is so-called controversial. Is it going to change the world, I doubt it, but much respect to both Paisley and LL for giving it a shot...WE mustn't forget that Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney tried the same thing years ago with "Ebony & Ivory"...the subject of racism is still relevant and worth exploring...no one human has all the answers, but what matters most, is that we don't let up on the subject...and that we continue to discuss it!!! From now until the end of time...