June 29.2015 – Story Behind “As She’s Walking Away” by the Zac Brown Band

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ZBB member and songwriter Wyatt Durrette discusses the Zac Brown Band’st single, ‘As She’s Walking Away,’ which he co-wrote with Zac. Alan Jackson lends his vocals to thesong which is from the band’s album, ‘You Get What You Give.’

“We had just played a show in Orlando with the Los Lonely Boys. Zac and I went to a bar in Orlando to watch a UFC fight. We were sitting there watching this fight, and a girl and a guy walked in. All night, she stared at me and I was looking at her. She was a beautiful girl, but she had her boyfriend with her, so I obviously wasn’t going to say or do anything. We kind of spoke all night from across the room, but didn’t say anything to each other.

When I left, I really couldn’t say anything. It was just one of those circumstances where you see a pretty girl in a bar and you don’t have the guts to walk over and say hello to her. You find yourself missing that chance and find yourself kicking yourself when you leave. That’s what sparked the song … I’m falling in love as she’s walking away.

There was nothing that I could do, and I probably will never see her again. I don’t even know her name. She’ll never know this song’s about her. I wrote the first verse and chorus in that sense, and then went to Zac. Zac had the idea of bringing the wise man into it and turning it into the older man at the bar who’s much wiser man, giving you advice. Zac and I wrote the next verse.

Two weeks after we wrote the song, we got a call from Keith Stegall, who is our producer. He also produces all of Alan Jackson’s albums. He called Zac and said that Alan wants to do a song with them, maybe for the next album. Alan was the perfect guy to do this song with them. We’re so happy with the way that it turned out.”

On the country chart dated November 20, 2010, “As She’s Walking Away” reached Number One, becoming the Zac Brown Band’s fourth consecutive Number One single (and their fifth overall), and Jackson’s twenty-sixth.

It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 53rd Grammy Awards, and is the second Grammy for both the band and Jackson.

LYRICS: Written by Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette
We never spoke a word
But every thought she had I heard
From across the room
We were standing face to face
I couldn’t find the words to say
Gimme one more move

I don’t even know her name
I guess foolish pride’s to blame

Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
And my heart won’t tell my mind
To tell my mouth what it should say
I may have lost this battle
Live to fight another day
Now I’m fallin in love as she’s walkin away

Wise man next to me did say
about the one that got away
Son I missed my chance
Don’t you let regret take place
Of the dreams you have to chase
Ask her to dance
(Go on son)

You might fall down on your face
Roll the dice and have some faith

But don’t be fallin in love as she’s walkin away
When your heart won’t tell your mind
To tell your mouth what it should say
May have lost this battle
Live to fight another day
Don’t be fallin in love as she’s walkin away

You might fall down on your face
Roll the dice and have some faith

Don’t be fallin in love as she’s walkin away
When your heart won’t tell your mind
To tell your mouth what it should say
May have lost this battle
Live to fight another day
Don’t be fallin
Fallin in
Fallin in love as she’s walkin away

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