The country crooner took to Instagram Live on Thursday where he explained the inspiration for his newly penned track, “Alabama Hannah,” which he claims was inspired by Brown’s emotional meet-up with Peter Weber on the premiere of “The Bachelor” on Monday.
“Monday night, my girlfriend had the damn TV on and all you heard about on the new ‘Bachelor’ was Alabama Hannah, it was just Alabama Hannah everywhere,” Owen said with a laugh. “She won’t go away.”
“Believe it or not, I met her on the last season of ‘The Bachelorette’, I played ‘Made For You’ for them in I think it was like Rhode Island or something,” Owen added. “She’s a cool girl. This is not even a dig at the actual Alabama Hannah.”
“But I started feeling something for this Peter guy,” Owen continued, explaining that while he doesn’t even know Weber, he felt the situation made for a good country song, with a theme about moving on “if you’ve given someone multiple opportunities to take you as a lover” and they’ve not taken you up on it.
“This has nothing to do with the actual ‘Bachelorette’. This is just everyday life,” Owen said.
Although, listening to the lyrics of Owen’s admittedly catchy, twangy new tune, the direct references to the actual Hannah Brown are fairly overt.
“Alabama Hannah, what do you want? If it’s love that you need, well then honey, it’s gone,” Owen croons in the song. “You had your chances, so won’t you leave me alone. Alabama Hannah, won’t you go on back home.”
The tempo of the tune picks up as Owen continues, singing from what is presumably Weber’s point of view.
“I been out here in California, I’ve been soaking up the sun / There’s lots of pretty ladies, and I can’t pick just one,” he sings. “I’m flying high, I got peace of mind, I already raised the bar / Now you’re showing up here tonight, who do you think you are?”
When it gets to the chorus, however, Owen really goes all in with his directly references to Brown herself, singing, “You’re a beauty queen and a dancing star and I think you’ll do just fine.”
Owen also poked fun at Brown and Weber’s infamous windmill hook-up from her season of “The Bachelorette”, singing, “Well I guess you think you messed up since you seen me moving on / Thinking we could pick up, right where we left off / But you got to lay in the bed you made, and I hate to let you down / Girl this ain’t no windmill, we can’t go round and round.”
After finishing his performance, Owen laughingly explained “I think that’s for anybody out there” who is dealing with unrequited love or bad romantic timing. “Like, make it or break it.”
Owen added, “I love Hannah Brown, she’s awesome. So it’s no diss on her.”
Brown heard the song after her mother sent it to her.
“Dying right now. My mom just sent me a text that said, ‘S**t you finally got a song written about you.’ With a link to a song that Jake Owen wrote after watching me and Peter on ‘The Bachelor’,” she said. “By the way, Jake, I thought we were cool.”
“Come on! It’s hilarious. And even though it’s like a diss at me, the whole time I was tapping my foot along to it and laughing,” she continued, before referencing her much-discussed running mascara during her and Weber’s sit-down.
“Jake, let me know when you need me for the music video. I will try to see if I can get my hands on some waterproof mascara, so don’t worry about that. I think I got that covered,” she joked.
While Brown said that she “love[s]” the people who defended her after hearing Owen’s song, Brown revealed that she found the whole thing “funny.”
“At least the shade, the diss is, like, catchy and you can tap your foot to it, but it’s not near as brutal as what some of these 40 year old Facebook moms say about me. So it’s freaking good!” she said. “I got a song! It might be a diss, but it’s a freaking song! Gang gang, I’m good.”
During Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette”, she seemed to connect strongly with Weber before ending their romance in the penultimate episode. Weber went on to become the new Bachelor, and Brown made a high-profile appearance during Monday’s premiere.
The pair came face-to-face, and Brown broke down in tears over making a mistake in ending their romance on “The Bachelorette”, while Weber asked her to join his season.
Fans were taunted with a classic “To Be Continued” title card, and will find out how she responds to Weber’s invitation next week.
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