Hotel Key – Old Dominion | In “Hotel Key,” a key to a hotel room conjures up memories of a romantic weekend out of town.

Old Dominion is batting 1.000 in #1 singles from their latest album Happy Endings and their new single “Hotel Key” looks like it’s going to be 3 for 3.

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The playful, love-for-a-day, pop-country flavor is comparable to “Snapback,” a hit song from their debut album Meat and Candy. Ride Geoff Sprung’s bass groove for a verse and chorus before playing air guitar alongside the thick riffs that trail Matt Ramsey’s vocals. Lyrically, Ramsey, guitarist Trevor Rosen and Josh Osborne tell a more detailed story than the number of words on the page would suggest. Individually, the men of Old Dominion are nothing if not efficient songwriters. Being able to contrast summer frivolities like this with more pensive moments like “Written In the Sand” (the previous single from Happy Endings) shows off their combined versatility.

[Verse 1]
Well it was down some street we couldn’t even pronounce
We were smoking a little from a half an ounce
The tequila was cheap but the flow we were feeling was real
Neither one of us looking for three little words
Unless those three words were ‘do not disturb’
Checkout was s’posed to be noon but we slept in ’til three

[Chorus]
She kept the hotel key
Slipped it in her purse
I guess, it makes her think of me
And that night we left our hearts on our sleeves and the clothes all over the floor
We both know we can’t open the door no more
She kept the hotel key

[Verse 2]
Well I could still see her on the bed sitting Indian style
With my t-shirt on and a half drunk smile
She talked about Austin and how she’d get back there someday
We had the curtains wide open and a song on my phone
We danced by the TV we never turned on
And wondered would anyone miss us if we ran away
But this isn’t one of those stories that ends up that way, no

[Chorus]
She kept the hotel key
Slipped it in her purse
I guess, it makes her think of me
And that night we left our hearts on our sleeves and the clothes all over the floor
We both know we can’t open the door no more
She kept the hotel key
Yeah

 

 

[Bridge]
We left the lights
We left the crowd
We left the world and locked it out
She left a picture in my head
She left the night I can’t forget, but

[Chorus]
She kept the hotel key
Slipped it in her purse
I guess, it makes her think of me
And that night we left our hearts on our sleeves and the clothes all over the floor
We both know we can’t open the door no more
She kept the hotel key

Yeah
She kept it

[Chorus]
She kept the hotel key
Slipped it in her purse
I guess, it makes her think of me
And that night we left our hearts on our sleeves and the clothes all over the floor
We both know we can’t open the door no more
She kept the hotel key

[Outro]
Yeah she kept it
She kept the hotel key
Ooh
She kept the hotel key

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