We’ve all heard and probably have been caught belting out the Grammy-nominated song Girl Crush” by Little Big Town but now Opry Entertainment is focusing on the writing of the song in its latest video series “The Write Stuff”. The first episode features songwriters Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey.
It all started when co-writer Mckenna was going through her list of titles when she came across “Girl Crush.” She mentioned the title to Rose and when she asked what the song was about, McKenna wasn’t entirely sure. When they mentioned the title to Lindsey, she sat on the couch with her old Gibson guitar started playing the tune and sang the first four lines, just like that. And the rest is history.
The trio, known as “The Love Junkies,” didn’t have a lot of time that day, so they didn’t look back once the lyrics were finished. However, they say if they did have time to go back and make edits, they probably would have changed the lyric “I want to taste her lips,”. That specific line was the main reason why fans had initially misinterpreted the real meaning behind the song, not realizing the story was about a woman who was jealous of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend.
The first episode of “The Write Stuff” (below) starts out with a clip from Little Big Town performing the song in the famed circle of the Grand Ole Opry and flawlessly goes back and forth from the songwriters sitting talking about the song and singing it, to the performance and back again.
McKenna admitted during the interview that they weren’t that confident that someone would want to cut the song, “We didn’t even know if it made sense. It made sense to us because we were all there when it happened, but we didn’t know if someone else coming in for the first time would get it right away.” Little Big Town did and released the song on December 14, 2014. The song debuted at #48 on Billboard’s Hot Country and would reach #1, where it stayed for 13 consecutive weeks.
Be sure to check out the episode of “The Write Stuff” and be on the lookout for future episodes which will include songs from Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, and RaeLynn.
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