Zach Bryan Says “Burn, Burn, Burn” Is The Song He’s Written That Means The Most To Him

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Trevor Pavlik

When Zach Bryan goes on Twitter (now X) to respond to fans’ questions, we get some of the best intel from him.

Today, he’s answering fans’ questions about how certain songs came about. It all started with a fan Tweeting him asking what song he is most proud of, and Zach quickly responded with his answer.

While he can’t pinpoint just one song that he is proud of (and with a catalog like his, I can’t blame him), he listed a few meaningful songs, naming “Burn, Burn, Burn” as the song that means the most to him personally.

“‘Mine Again’ is a good one I wrote at a point in my life I needed hope the most. ‘Burn, Burn, Burn’ means the most to me personally, and story wise I am incredibly proud of ‘Billy Stay’, seeing as I wrote it for a really great friend.

‘Tradesman’ and ‘Hope Again’ are my favorites!”

This led to fans asking how “Burn, Burn, Burn” came to life, and Bryan responded that it was inspired by a phrase American poet and novelist Jack Kerouac uses.

“Jack Kerouac has a quote that uses the term “Burn, Burn, Burn” and the last great American cowboy taught me how to play a new chord the day I wrote it, kind of fell outta me.”

The passage Bryan drew inspiration from is found in Kerouac’s novel On the Road. 

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or saw a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” 

Bryan’s second comment that the words fell out of him fits in with the trend that some of the best songs are written on a whim and not stirred over for long periods.

The song lyrics are a stream of thoughts of a man wishing for a simpler life and moving away from all society demands from them.

“I’d like to get lost on some old back roadFind a shade tree and a honey holeAnd talk to my grandpa againAnd I see God in everythingThe trees and pain and nights in the springSo why do I still long for a home?”

The song’s end has a repeated lyric that highlights how we only live this life once, so it’s important to soak in all of the simple pleasures and feel all of our feelings because a time will come when we no longer feel those things.

“So let me go down the lineLet me feel it allJoy, pain, and skySo let me go down the lineWe all burn, burn, burn and die…”

The song has the elements to make it timeless, so it’s no surprise that “Burn, Burn, Burn” is a fan favorite. In honor of learning more about what inspired this track, turn it up and belt it out.


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