May 1.2014 – The Story Behind “The Truth” by Jason Aldean

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“The Truth” is the third single from Jason Aldean’s third studio album, Wide Open.

Brett James and Ashley Monroe penned this song, which was originally recorded by Trent Willmon on his 2008 album Breaking In.

This was the last song Aldean recorded for Wide Open, having just about finished laying down the tracks when he heard it for the first time. He told AOL’s The Boot, “I just fell in love with the song and knew I wanted to cut it. It’s my favorite song on the album.”

This song is about a failing relationship. Aldean told The Boot that anyone who has lived through a serious break-up, or a relationship gone bad, will relate to the tune. He noted: “It’s one of those things where things happen, and you’re hurtin’ inside and don’t want anyone else to know. You don’t want to damage your pride by letting your feelings out there too much.”

Brett James told AOL’s The Boot the story behind the song: “I started writing with Ashley when she was 15 years old. She’s one of my favorite singer-songwriters in the world. I knew she was really special when I first met her. The world doesn’t know what a great artist she is just yet. She’s really gifted.

We had the title ‘The Truth’ when we sat down to write. We started talking about what to do to make people interested in finding out what “the truth” meant. We created this character who would rather not talk about the truth, but the opposite of the truth instead. We all have that amount of pride deep down of trying to not let the world know that we’re heart broken. The song came effortlessly for us. It was an easy write.”

James expressed his surprise as to how quickly Aldean’s version rose to #1: “Jason heard ‘The Truth’ through his producer, Michael Knox. It went on hold for Jason this time last year. It’s been a great thing. It’s not the kind of song you expect to be a single off an album. Jason’s been so hot that when ‘The Truth’ came out as a single, I told my friend ‘I think this will be a slow one because it’s not your typical song that slides up quickly to #1.’ Thank God I was wrong! Shows how much I know! It’s been a really fun one to watch. I’m really proud of it.”

“The Truth” was the fourth #1 for Aldean and the third chart-topping single taken from his Wide Open album following “She’s Country” and “Big Green Tractor.”

LYRICS: Written by Brett James and Ashley Monroe
Tell ’em all I’m on vacation
Say I went to visit friends
That you ain’t heard or seen from me in quite a while
When they ask you where I’ve been

Tell ’em I’m out on the West Coast
Where it don’t ever rain
And that I’m probably doing fine

Just don’t tell ’em I’ve gone crazy
That I’m still strung out over you
Tell ’em anythin’ you want to
Just don’t tell ’em all the truth
Yeah, don’t tell ’em all the truth

Tell ’em all I’m out in Vegas
Blowin’ every dollar I ever made
Tell ’em that I must be into somethin’ bad for me
‘Cause I sure lost a lot of weight

Tell ’em I’m out on the road
With some old rock and roll band
Living like a gypsy can

Just don’t tell ’em I’ve gone crazy
That I’m still strung out over you
Tell ’em anythin’ you want to
Just don’t tell ’em all the truth
Yeah, don’t tell ’em all the truth

The truth is that I’m askin’ you to lie
And we both know that it ain’t right
But if you ever loved me
Please have some mercy on me
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Tell ’em anything you want to
Just don’t tell ’em all the truth
Yeah, don’t tell ’em all the truth
I still need you

Yeah, that’s the truth
I still love you
Baby, that’s the truth

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