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From what I’ve read, some fans expected a 24-hour-party-people song and were taken aback by a ballad that reminds us of the importance of “Dirt” in our lives with lyrics that include “You know you came from it / And someday you’ll return to it.”

Why did Florida Georgia Line take this turn? Fans ask.

“I don’t think it is a departure at all,” said Mr. Kelley by telephone on a rare day off. “It’s more of a return for us, actually. ‘Dirt’ is more of a sweet spot to our traditional country roots, what we were playing before anybody knew who Tyler and Brian were.

“It feels good and it fits us. Everyone who knows us understands that.”