My Sunday Song #89 is going Country with Lady Antebellum’s song “Need You Now”. The song is the title track to their sophomore album and the single was released on April 11, 2009. The song became one of their biggest hits selling millions of copies and garnering a Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year a feat which not many Country Artists have ever been able to do. Only one other Country Artists has ever done that and it was the Dixie Chicks just two years earlier.
The song was written rather quickly according to one of the co-writers of the song Josh Kear. He stated the following (Songfacts.com):
“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 had a guitar thing and an opening line for a song and we wrote ‘Need You Now’ really fast and went, ‘great, that was fun.’ It was the first day I’d ever spent with them. They went their separate ways: it was Charles wife’s birthday, I went home to my wife. Next thing you know it, it’s on the record, title track, first single and here we are. It was actually the very last song they played for the label for deciding what songs were going to put on the album.”
The song is about that late night hook-up. You get so lonely and you yearn to be with someone so you pick up that phone and the next thing you know…booty call. The record label was not real keen about one of the lyrics “It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now”. They had an issue with the little drunk part. Smart heads prevailed and the lyric remained and thankfully so because it does add a bit of truth to the whole story. Who hasn’t done that when they were drunk? Hell, that was probably when most people did it.