April 2.2015 – Story Behind “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by The Eli Young Band

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The Eli Young Band followed up their first gold-selling digital single, “Crazy Girl” with this song about living your dream. “We’ve had this band for eleven years now and all four of us have dreamed about making music for a living since we were kids,” vocalist Mike Eli told The Boot. “We still say it every day: ‘live your dream’ … This is that song for us. It tells that story for the fans who are just discovering us, and for the ones who have been with us for a long time.”

Will Hoge and Eric Paslay wrote the song in April 2009, and Hoge originally recorded it on his seventh studio album, The Wreckage. “When we talked about making the next record, that song just popped up,” Mike Eli told Radio.com. “We knew right away that we wanted to put it on [our] record. Once it crossed our mind, we couldn’t get our brain off of it.

Eric Paslay:
“I think the majority of the people that tell me they love it are the musicians or the entertainers, because it’s so much about what we do. It’s like, ‘Keep on dreaming, even if it breaks your heart.’ If you let it, it could break your heart every day from the yeses and the nos and the ‘you’re not good enough, and now you are and you should’ve done,’ whatever it is. I think being in the entertainment industry, you make it more vulnerable. You just make sure you put your heart and soul into it, but make sure you realize it’s just music too. It IS music, but it’s just music.”

The song was the Eli Young Band’s second consecutive country #1, taking 26 weeks to reach the peak position, July 28, 2012.

“It means the world to us to have back to back #1s,” said bass guitarist Jon Jones. “This one is especially meaningful to us because the song resonated with us like nothing before. The song is our story and that it has been embraced by country fans and country radio is proof that dreams really do come true.”

LYRICS: Written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
Way back on the radio dial,
The fire got lit inside a bright-eyed child.
Every note just wrapped around his soul,
From steel guitars to Memphis, all the way to rock and roll.

Ohhh, I can hear ’em playin’.
I can hear the ringin’ of a beat up ol’ guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear ’em singin’,
“Keep on dreamin’, even if it breaks your heart.”

Downtown is where I used to wander.
Old enough to get there but too young to get inside.
So I would stand out on the sidewalk,
Listen to the music playin’ every Friday night.

Ohhh, I can hear ’em playin’.
I can hear the ringin’ of a beat up ol’ guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear ’em singin’,
“Keep on dreamin’, even if it breaks your heart.”

Some dreams stay with you forever,
Drag you around but bring you back to where you were.
Some dreams keep on gettin’ better,
Gotta keep believin’ if you wanna know for sure.

Ohhh, I can hear ’em playin’.
I can hear the ringin’ of a beat up ol’ guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear ’em singin’,
“Keep on dreamin’, even if it breaks your heart.”
[x2]

Keep on dreamin’, even if it breaks your heart.

Keep on dreamin’

Don’t let it break your heart.

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