April 24.2014 – The Story Behind “Lover, Lover” by Jerrod Niemann

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This is a cover of a song that was originally recorded by the soul group Sonia Dada. Released in 1992 under the title of “You Don’t Treat Me No Good,” the song was a #1 hit in Australia, spending four weeks at the top of the ARIA Charts. It did not chart in the United States. Country music artist Jerrod Niemann’s version was his first release on the Sea Gayle label, a sister label of Arista Nashville, as well as his fourth single release overall.

The repetitive title alludes to the amount of times Jerrod repeated himself in the process of recording the song. He explained to Great American Country that he was determined to sing all nine parts himself, instead of using any studio musicians: “There was nine vocal parts, and it was very challenging. [I] actually recorded eight parts the first night, and the only part left was this real low bass part. And my voice was, for lack of a better word, shredded from singing the other eight parts. So me and [a buddy] walked down to the Tin Roof in Nashville and in the name of art, properly medicated the vocal cords. Goodness gracious, when I woke up the next morning I sounded like a hybrid of the low guy in the Oak Ridge Boys and Grape Ape!”

The song was Niemann’s first Top 10 country hit. He discussed the public’s reaction to his cover with The Boot: “One of the reasons I recorded it was because I couldn’t get it out of my head since I was a child. It was ironic that I heard it an entire summer around a swimming pool … which is really cool. Theoretically, it’s a sad song, but with a double negative of treating no good no more, which means you really treat me good, right? [laughs] I love being able to hear a song that makes you want to turn up the radio and roll down the windows. Obviously, I’ve never had any of my own music do that to me [laughs], so it’s nice to hear that, especially when you do get your feelings hurt. If you can tap your foot while you’re crying, why not? It has been amazing to see what lyrics, melody, instrumentation or even your own interpretation of a song that’s already been out by somebody else can change your career. When you’ve been heard in a way that everybody’s been kind enough to respond to the song [that’s] what is really mind-blowing for me and all the guys involved.”

The song climbed to the top of the Country singles chart the same week as Niemann’s maiden Arista Nashville set, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, was leading the July 31st Country Albums listing. This meant that Niemann became the first artist since Darius Rucker to lead both lists with debut #1 titles. Rucker’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and Learn to Live concurrently ruled each ranking during the first two weeks of October 2008.

This was the first Country Songs chart-topper to reinvent a pop or rock song since Blake Shelton’s update of Michael Buble’s “Home” reached #1 on the July 12-19, 2008 charts.

On the week of August 14, 2010, it became his first number one on the Hot Country Songs charts.

LYRICS: Written by Dan Pritzker
Well the truth
Well it hurts to say
I’m gonna pack up my bags
And I’m gonna go away
I’m gonna split
I can’t stand it
I’m gonna give it up and quit
Ain’t never comin back
Broke up before I get to go and I got to say
I know you used to love me
But that was yesterday
And the truth I wont fight it
When the love starts burnin you gots to do whats right

Woah, lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me no good no more
Woah, lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me no good no more

Well the truth
Yeah, it hurts to say
I’m gonna pack up my bags
And I’m gonna go away
I’m gonna split
I cant stand it
I’m gonna give it up and quit
Ain’t never comin back
Broke up before I get to go and I got to say
There was a time oh woman
When you used to shake it for me
Now all you do is treat me cold
Ain’t gonna take it no more
Gonna walk out the door

Lover, lover, lover
You dont treat me no good no more
No, no, more more more
Woah, lover lover lover
You don’t treat me no good no more

Yea, yea, yea

Well I went with you on a starry night
And Im hurtin’ too bad cause you dont treat me right
Woman oh woman
you know I love you so
You’re just so mean to me baby Im walkin out the door

Lover oh lover
I know you used to love me in every way, but now I’m givin up
And I’m tired of cryin babe
I can’t stand it no longer
It hurts me to say
I’m packin up my bags and goin far away
Lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me good no more
Lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me good no more
Lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me good no more
Lover, lover, lover
You don’t treat me good no more

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