Keith Urban returns with new music, and a familiar sound that’s a warm welcome after the recent years of uptempo, heavily-produced singles. “We Were” does what country music does best: tells a story.
Written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, and Ryan Tyndell, the track is a mid-tempo ballad that reminisces an old relationship that though over, lingers on in the person’s head with what-if’s and memories of their younger, wilder days. Fans may draw parallels to Urban’s 2013 duet with Miranda Lambert (“We Were Us”), but this song for one, is more wistful and drips with an aching sense of keep-it-all-together heartbreak.
“We were just a couple years short of the age by my name on my fake ID / And still ’bout a hundred away from the day your daddy said you could run with me / We were a couple of line-steppers that just couldn’t wait to step over the line / Never thinking we wouldn’t last / I was your first and you were mine”
A song packed with lyrical imageries, “We Were” was also co-produced by Urban and Dan Huff, the same pair in part responsible for both Ripcord and Graffiti U. It is worth noting, too, that the banjo in this song is placed so seamlessly and fittingly, that it isn’t a forced approach to “country-fy” the tune.
Perhaps the hook of the chorus best encapsulates the entire story well: “I am who I am, I just miss who I was when we were.” One can definitely fully move on (or at least attempt to), but there’s only so much there can be done to live unperturbed by the old memories that were all, made with love.
“We Were” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our New Country music playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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