January 10.2014 -The Story Behind The Song “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum “

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This is the first single from Country trio Lady Antebellum’s sophomore album. Group members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, along with co-writer Josh Kear wrote this song.

Hillary Scott explained that the song, and many others on their sophomore album, “are about what we are learning as we go through the ups and downs of different relationships.” She added: “All three of us know what it’s like to get to that point where you feel lonely enough that you make a late night phone call that you very well could regret the next day. But you do it anyway because it’s the only thing that’s going to give you any relief in that moment.”

Josh Kear explained how quickly the song was written during the pre-telecast segment of the Grammy awards. “Actually, it was the second song we wrote that day,” he said. “We were only together for two-and-a-half hours. We finished the first one in the first 45 minutes.

Charles Kelley told AOL’s The Boot about the day the Lady Antebellum trio along with Josh Kear penned this song: “I had a writing appointment with Josh Kear, Dave and Hillary, and my wife didn’t want me to write that day, because it was her birthday. She was so upset that I was going to keep my writing appointment.

Charles went on, ”I’d been fooling around with this little guitar melody at home and had that first line, ‘Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.’ But I didn’t have a chorus melody. I played what I had for Josh, and everybody liked it, so we just started writing. Everybody brought in a little piece of that song after I started playing some of the basic chords. But I’m not that great of a guitar player, so I put the guitar back in Dave’s hands. And with his expert knowledge, he just took it to the next level. That’s the beautiful thing about co-writing. I had that little piece of melody, but I told Hillary it would probably be a more beautiful melody if she sang it. A lot of times you’ll be mumbling things when you’re writing, and something like that first line will come out… and then you’ll immediately put yourself in that place. You may not be going through that in the moment, but you’re able to put yourself in one of those times you were going through something like that.”

Kelley told The Boot that initially there some concerns about the song’s lyrical content from executives at their record label. “The response from the get-go was so big,” he said. “I remember even having some conversations with the label and people were [saying], ‘Oh no, hope they don’t get offended by the ‘I’m a little drunk and I need you now’ line. And I said, ‘But that’s honest! We’re talking about Country radio, right? What happened to the old Waylon [Jennings] songs and stuff and people said what they felt?’ It’s storytelling.” Dave Haywood added, “The three of us have been there, too. I mean, we’ve been in serious relationships and when you get out of that, all you want is that person next to you.”

Need You Now was 2010’s first million-selling album in only its fourth week of release. It was the first title to sell a million so early in a year since the Game’s Documentary clocked up a million sales in the fifth week of 2005.

Need You Now spent four weeks on top of the album chart, making it the equal longest-reigning album by a core country group in the Billboard 200’s history, matching the four-week reign of Dixie Chicks’ Home in 2002-03.

This won both Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2010 ACM Awards. The trio also won Vocal Group of the Year at the same ceremony.

This was named by one of the world’s largest jukebox manufacturers, AMI Entertainment Network, the most-played song on jukeboxes in 2010, with more than 440,000 spins in bars, pubs and other U.S. hotspots. The song was followed by two Zac Brown Band tunes, “Toes” in second place and “Chicken Fried” in third.

Lady Antebellum won their second consecutive Single of the Year trophy at the 2010 CMA Awards for this song, becoming the only artist in CMA Awards history to capture the Single honor in consecutive years. “I Run To You” bagged the prize in 2009.

This won the 2010 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year; Lady Antebellum performed at the ceremony. It marked just the second time a Country song won the Record Of The Year prize and the third time Song Of The Year went Country. The Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready To Make Nice” also won both awards at the 2007 ceremonies, and Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” was honored with Song Of The Year in 1983.

This was Lady Antebellum’s second #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. “I Run To You” topped the chart four months previously.

LYRICS: Written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and Josh Kear
Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.
Reaching for the phone ’cause I can’t fight it anymore.

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time.

[Chorus:]
It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now.
Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now.
And I don’t know how I can do without.
I just need you now.

Another shot of whiskey, can’t stop looking at the door.
Wishing you’d come sweeping in the way you did before.

And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time.

[Chorus:]
It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now.
Said I wouldn’t call but I’ve lost all control and I need you now.
And I don’t know how I can do without.
I just need you now.

Oh, whoa
Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all.

[Chorus:]
It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now.
And I said I wouldn’t call but I’m a little drunk and I need you now.
And I don’t know how I can do without.
I just need you now
I just need you now.
Oh, baby, I need you now.

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Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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