January 19.2015 – The Story Behind The Song “Startin With Me” by Jake Owen

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The story behind today’s song is about Jake Owen’s “Startin’ With Me.” Jake tells this story about the song;
“I was sitting with a couple of buddies talking about some things that we’ve all done in our lives that we wish we probably could have done together,” Jake Owen told us. “We’ve spent so much time, everybody’s spent so much time blaming things on other people, or on other things that have happened in their lives. So we just kind of put all the things together that we’ve done. I’ve had instances in my life I really regret. And the only way you can get past that and be a better person in life is by looking at yourself in the mirror and starting with yourself.”

This song is autobiographical, explains Jake, noting a couple of the lines in particular: “I got in a little altercation with my dad one Christmas that I’ll never forget about. I was not there when my grandmother passed away.”

And he’s had many instances of fans approaching him to say they’ve had the same sorts of experiences and regrets. His feeling on that is, “It sounds trite, but it’s what makes it completely worthwhile, to have somebody walk up to you and tell you how much a song means to them, or where they were in their life when that song hit them, and how much they’ve grown. It awesome.”

It was released in October 2006 as the second single and title track from the album Startin’ with Me. The song reached a peak of #6 on the U.S. country singles charts, becoming his first Top Ten country hit.

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LYRICS: Kendall Marvel, Jake Owen and Jimmy Ritchey
I had a one night stand with my best friends baby sister
And to this day he still wont speak to me
I pawned my grandpa’s old guitar in collage
For a case of beer and a tank of gasoline
I took a swing at my old man one Christmas
I never dreamed that it would be his last
I wish mom had rung my neck
When she caught me with those cigarettes
Which reminds me, I’m down to my last pack

If I had a dime
For half the things I did
That didn’t make no sense at all
I’d be living a little higher on the hog
If only I’d of known
That later on down the road
I’d look back and not like what I see
I’d of changed a lot of things
Startin’ with me

I called my brother everything I could think of
The night he wouldn’t bail me out of jail
I lost a job most folks ‘round here would die for
By laying out all night and raising hell
And I let a woman that I love slip through my fingers
Chalk another dumb move up to my foolish pride
I wasn’t there standin’ by the bed
When the preacher bowed his head
With the family, the day my grandma die

If I had a dime
For half the things I did
That didn’t make no sense at all
I’d be living a little higher on the hog
If only I’d of known
That later on down the road
I’d look back and not like what I see
I’d of changed a lot of things
Startin’ with me

If only I’d of known
That later on down the road
I’d look back and not like what I see
Whoa, I’d of changed a lot of things
Startin’ with me
Startin’ with me

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