Yeah, you can trust country music to come up with lyrics that make you stop in your tracks... since the first time I heard this song I have been completely floored by the music and especially the lyrics. It's about this guy who wants to have a beer with Jesus, I know at the outset it may seem flippant and disrespectful, but this the way guys unwind... sit together and talk about stuff over a beer. And that's what the singer really wants to do, just spend some time with Jesus in the only way he knows how. And what's beautiful is the way the singer goes about treating Jesus, like a best friend... happy to see him and longing to hear from him. The singer sings that he'll pick a place that's not too crowded and order a couple of tall ones, and he'll tell the waitress to put it on his tab. Thomas (the singer) would play something nice on the jukebox and he'd sip on his beer slowly while taking in all that Jesus was saying. Isn't that what a real friend would do, listen to you and just enjoy hanging out with you. He goes on to sing that when he gets the chance, he'd slip in a few questions:
How'd you turn the other cheek, to save a sorry soul like me?
Do you hear the prayers I send?
What happens when life ends and when do You think You're coming back again?
Now, even though the singer considers Jesus a friend... he knows that He is hanging out with God, and he sings out of a deep abiding sense of reverence and devotion. And as you keep listening to the song, it hits you... the pain the singer is going through. He's a young guy, and he's just as curious about heaven as the next person. And just before he ends the song, at the last chorus he asks Jesus about the afterlife again, 'What's on the other side... Is mom and daddy alright? And if ain't no trouble just tell them I said hi.' This line gets to me every time, the poor guy is really missing his parents and still he did not rant or rave and ask the 'why me' or 'what did I do to expect this' type of questions. He trusts infinitely in Jesus's plan for his life and he knows that no matter what happens Jesus has got his back. Isn't that beautiful, a faith like that even though it does not scream or proclaim or quote verses and other religious dogma is (I feel) more powerful, enduring, and inspiring than any platitude filled sermon. The singer may not understand why he is suffering, but he knows that he is gonna be fine, because he has a friend in Jesus... and his simple belief is what makes this a great song. Thomas Rhett Atkins, great job on a beautiful song... I'd definitely have a beer with you anytime, though I don't drink beer.