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Dasha reveals the secret ingredient behind her viral hit “Austin”

Dasha is taking the internet by storm with her viral hit “Austin,” which features a dance routine of her own, but surprisingly, the digital flash mob wasn't part of the original master plan. Speaking to Taste of Country at the 2024 ACM Awards, the singer revealed that the dance was just an extension of her creativity that caught fire.

“I posted the first line dancing video and 24 hours later it literally had a million views and I was like, 'Oh, I'll post another one,'” she explains.

“I work at this horse stable in Franklin, Tennessee, and I just posted a random video of myself dancing in the stable, and it got like five million views,” Dasha continues. “And so I started posting five videos a day and just went with it.”

Five videos a day may sound excessive, but the country newcomer knew she was on to something big.

“I mean, it was like my chance and you have to take your chance when it comes,” she explains.

Where did Dasha’s viral line dance routine for “Austin” come from?

Dasha is used to hitting the dance floor at honky-tonks everywhere—it's one of her favorite hobbies—so when she wrote the song “Austin,” it only made sense to create a routine that she performs alone to it.

“I love line dancing, so I've known a lot of random line dances over the years,” she says. “I just pieced together bits of other line dances that I like. I wanted it to fit the lyrics so it was easy to sing along to.”

That the song garnered so much attention online was an unexpected result for someone who was just trying to get his song played in his favorite dance clubs.

“People just understood the dance and liked it so much that it started being played in honky-tonks, which is why we started line dancing in the first place,” Dasha reveals. “We thought, 'If we can play it in honky-tonks every Friday night, we're cool – then everything's good.'”

“The trend has started and we didn’t expect it,” she adds.

The popularity of both the song and dance led to Dasha performing the song onstage at the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

What is Dasha’s song “Austin” about?

Despite the fun, lighthearted dance numbers, “Austin” is a pretty sad song. Dasha sings about a woman whose hopes of running away with her lover are dashed. She tells the story of arriving at her lover's house to find that he isn't there and none of his luggage is packed for leaving. When she realizes she has been betrayed, her heart quickly hardens and she leaves without him. She heads for Los Angeles, leaving him behind in Austin.

Here are the lyrics to Dasha’s song “Austin”

We had a plan: Move out of this town, baby / West to the sand, that's all we've been talking about lately / I'd pack the car, bring your guitar and Jane for a smoke / First thing at dawn, you'd announce the songs and we'd get going

But you weren't home, waited for you on the porch / Sat there alone, all morning, until I / Got a hump in my stomach and snuck out the back / Empty cans, and I'll be damned your shit was never packed

Are your boots broken? / Did your truck break down? / Did you spend money? / Did your ex find out?

Where there's a will, there's a way / And I'm damn sure you lost it / You didn't even say goodbye / I just wish I knew what the cause was

Did the whiskey flow? / Were you involved in a fight? / Were you nervous? / What's your alibi?

I made my way back to LA / And there you'll be forgotten / In 40 years you'll still be here / Drunk, washed up in Austin

A damn bluff, you made me believe / How many months were you planning on leaving?
What happened? Bad habits? Did you regress? Go crazy? / I loved you, how tragic, oh-oh

Are your boots broken? / Did your truck break down? / Did you spend money? / Did your ex find out?

Where there's a will, there's a way / And I'm damn sure you lost it / You didn't even say goodbye / I just wish I knew what the cause was

Did the whiskey flow? / Were you involved in a fight? / Were you nervous? / What's your alibi?

I made my way back to LA / And there you'll be forgotten / In 40 years you'll still be here / Drunk, washed up in Austin

Did your truck break down? / Did your ex find out?

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