September 19.2015 – The Story Behind “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood

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“Undo It” is from Carrie Underwood’s third studio album, Play On.

This mid-tempo number was written by Carrie together with Kara DioGuardi (formerly a judge on American Idol), Martin Frederiksen and Luke Laird. Lyrically the song enters angry-with-a-fella territory, a theme that the American Idol winner has covered before on such tracks as “Before He Cheats” and “Cowboy Casanova.”

Underwood explained that this song, “is kind of mean in that you’re telling this person you wish you’d never met them. That means I wish I’d never met you. My life was so much better before you and I wish I could take all that back.”

Underwood commented on this spurned love song: “I like to be sassy. I’m a smart aleck and it’s just fun to have a little sass.”

CMT News asked Underwood about the dynamic when four people write together. She replied: “That was my first time writing with four people. It’s really important to get the dynamic right. I’d met Kara DioGuardi for the first time writing with her. Marty Fredrickson has a huge list of lots of different types of music going on. And Luke Laird, I’ve known forever and, I absolutely love him. So getting the four of us in there, I feel like we all had our own thing. Two amazing songs, and other songs that didn’t quite make the album, came out of that session. It worked out wonderfully. I would love to write with the three of them again.”

DioGuardi’s influence can be heard in the little stutter vocal in the chorus – “I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it.” “I love na-na-nas,” Underwood told USA Today. “I’ll put ’em in every song, if you don’t watch me.”

Underwood told The Boot that the songwriters’ idea for the hook came almost accidentally. “The guys had their guitars and they were playing something kind of bluesy, and Kara’s got such a great sense about her,” she explained. “And I started, ‘Na, na, na-ing’ to whatever they were playing. And they were like, ‘What if that was the hook?’ I said, ‘Aw, I don’t know?’ And before you knew it, we had ‘Uh, uh, uh undo it.’ I mean, who would have thought? How do you write that down on paper? It was something that it didn’t take that long to write and it’s so much fun to sing on stage, and people get into it. If you listen to it twice, you know all the words! We had a lot of fun with it.”

Carrie Underwood achieved her 10th country #1 when this reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles on July 31, 2010.

The four songwriters wrote both this tune and “Mama’s Song” on the same day. DioGuardi recalled to Billboard magazine: “It was the craziest session I’ve ever had. To write two songs in five hours that both charted was ridiculous.”

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LYRICS: Written by Luke Laird, Kara Dioguardi, Martin Frederiksen, and Carrie Underwood

Should’ve known by the way you pass me by

There was something in your eyes

And it wasn’t right

I should’ve walked but I never had the chance

Everything got out of hand and I let it slide

Now I only have myself to blame

For falling for your stupid games

I wish my life could be the way it was before I saw your face

[Chorus]

You stole my happy

You made me cry

You took the lonely and took me for a ride

And I wanna un un un un undo it

You had my heart now I want it back

I’m starting to see everything you lack

Boy you blew it

You put me through it

I wanna un un un un undo it

Na na na na na

Na na na na na

Na na na na na na

Now your photos don’t have a picture frame

And I never say your name and I never will

And all your things well I threw them in the trash

And I’m not even sad

Now you only have yourself to blame

For playing all those stupid games

You’re always gonna be the same

Oh no you’ll never change

[Chorus]

You want my future you can’t have it

Still trying to erase you from my past

I need you gone so fast

You stole my happy

You made me cry

You took the lonely and took me for a ride

And I wanna un un un un undo it

You had my heart now I want it back

I’m starting to see everything you lack

Boy you blew it

You put me through it

I wanna un un un un undo it

You stole my happy

You made me cry

You took the lonely and took me for a ride

Boy you blew it

You put me through it

I wanna un un un un undo it.

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