On September 10, 2020, Lil Nas X joked on Twitter that his mega-hit “Old Town Road (Remix)” money is running out so he will be looking to release new music. Be it a joke or not, he is back with a brand new single, and a whole lot of ‘work’ around it. Lil Nas X revealed the title of the song as “Holiday,” aiming at the Christmas holiday season of 2020.
“Holiday” is the follow-up single to his December 2018 hit “Old Town Road” from ‘7’ EP. He is going big for this return, potentially hinting at his debut studio album as well.
Lil Nas X announced that he will be performing the new single ina virtual concert within the online gaming/game creation platform Roblox.
Wach “Holiday” Video by Lil Nas X
It is pretty evident that “Holliday” picks up from where “Old Town Road” left off. This is a nice throwback to Lil Nas X’s 2018 hit for existing fans and a creative plug for the new fans. The story for “Holiday” begins when Santa Claus gets thrown out of a bar in the Wild Wild West. He is too drunk to drive the sleigh for Christmas 2020. So, Lil Nas X, who seems to time travel, portals in, and steps up for the challenge.
“Holiday” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the lyrics of the song, Lil Nas X touches a few topics such as his sexual orientation, throwback to his previous hit, saluting at a few other songs by other artists, and overall spreading the joys of the holiday season.
In the first verse of the song, Lil Nas X sings about his ‘bottom’ and ‘top’ nature in his sexual persona. In homosexuality, ‘bottom’ is slang for a person receiving sex and ‘top’ refers to the person giving sex, or on top of the ‘bottom’ character. Lil Nas X hinted at him being gay in 2019, so this line relates to him on a personal level. Also, the same two terms can be used to describe ‘highs’ and ‘lows,’ in which case, Lil Nas X claims that he is on top of his game.
In the pre-chorus of the song, Nas shout outs at the mega hit track “Bad” by Michael Jackson.
In the second verse of the song, Lil Nas X seems to claim that his mega-hit track “Old Town Road” is a “gimmicky” track, meaning it has nothing beyond its face value. He also adds that the industry had not been kind to him before his breakout hit. So, he has no remorse towards using a “gimmicky” track to make his own path forward.
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