August 7.2015 – Story Behind “More Than Miles” by Brantley Gilbert

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Brantley Gilbert was on his way north from Jefferson, Ga., to write for the first time with John Eddie, the singer had second thoughts about making the trip. He had a girlfriend at home and they had a fight before he left for Nashville. He was in the process of making that hard choice between her and following his career, and what to do if he couldn’t have both of the things he loved.

“I turned around and went home,” Brantley says. “I just decided I needed to get my priorities in order.”

He rescheduled the writing appointment and when the two did get together, Brantley explained why he postponed the original trip. Before he knew it, the two had written a song about that experience. It is now the singer-songwriter’s latest single, “More Than Miles.”

“It’s a true story,” Brantley confesses of the song and accompanying video, which depicts him arriving in Nashville late at night. In the video, Brantley calls his girl but can’t talk to her and, after some soul searching, decides to return home. The video ends with him heading south, with the Nashville city-limits sign in his rearview mirror.

“It wasn’t anywhere in our minds to be a single,” Brantley explains, “but it was one of those songs that walked its way into the single-picking process. It came up in conversation one day and we listened to it again and we were like, ‘Let’s research a couple of [potential singles].’ It came out looking pretty good so we went with it. It had a double meaning for me because it was a song that was pretty close to my heart, so we let it go.”

LYRICS: Written by Brantley and John Eddie
Maybe I should take that picture off the dashboard
Before her memory hits the brakes and takes the wheel
Yeah I bet she’s still crying on that front porch
Yeah, this time it’s gonna take some time to heal

[Chorus:]
Cause I’m on my way to Tennessee
Singing “Georgia On My Mind”
Chasing what they say’s a dream
Thinking maybe it ain’t mine
Cause that girl’s in every song I sing
She’s in every song I write
And that six string ridin’ in her seat
Won’t keep me warm tonight
God what am I supposed to do?
There’s more than miles in my rearview

Well, I’m headed north to what I swore I wanted
And trying not to buy into my doubts
But I just can’t seem to keep myself from wondering
Why I’m jealous of all them headlights headed south

[Chorus:]
Cause I’m on my way to Tennessee
Singing “Georgia On My Mind”
Chasing what they says a dream
Thinking maybe it ain’t mine
Cause that girl’s in every song I sing
She’s in every song I write
And that six string ridin’ in her seat
Won’t keep me warm tonight
God what am I supposed to do?
There’s still more than miles in my rearview

Yeah, more than miles
Yeah, I’ve been changing lanes without my mirrors
Cause every time I look behind me I see her
I think I just realized how much I need her (damn)

[Chorus:]
So I’m turning back for Georgia
Stopping short of Tennessee
I can’t put my dreams before her
Man, I need her with me
Cause that girl’s in every song I sing
She’s in every song I write
And that six string ridin’ in her seat
Can sleep in the back tonight
Now I know what I’m supposed to do, yeah
There’s still more than miles in my rear view

More than miles, yeah
More than miles

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