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This mid-tempo Country ballad is the first single from American Country artist Sara Evans' sixth album, Stronger. Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, and Hillary Scott wrote the song and the Lady Antebellum singer also performs harmony vocals on the track.
The song's female protagonist describes in the song how she is constantly reminded of her former love interest as she goes through her daily routine. Hillary Scott told The Boot
her lyrics are based on an actual experience. She explained: "When I wrote it, I was barely a month out of a really, really bad break-up. It's very autobiographical ... one of the most personal songs that I've ever written. It was personal when I wrote it, but now that it's actually out there, it takes it to another level. I'm sure he [my ex] has heard it, but that's OK because the song's about 'everyday without you, I'm a little bit stronger,' which is true. So, he can hear that. That's OK."
The song features on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong
. It is sung by Leighton Meester in the film, while Evan's version is on the movie's soundtrack. "I'm so excited. We found a song, put it on the record, put it out as my first single, shot the video for it and then found out it was in this movie. I was overwhelmed!" Sara told The Boot
Peter Zavadil and directed the song's music video, which was shot on August 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. It finds a distraught Evans performing the song in various locations. Throughout the clip, scenes of her recording a video blog are included in which Evans notes that she's getting stronger with each passing day.
Evans told Country Weekly: "It's a great lyric. I love the fact that it's very realistic. Some songs are like 'you left me and I'm totally over you and you never cross my mind.' I love that the song is realistic. It says 'I'm getting a little bit stronger. I'm doing little things at a time.'"
The song returned Evans to the top of Country Songs, for the first time since she reigned with "A Real Fine Place to Start" for two weeks in September and October 2005. This was the longest hiatus between #1s (five years, seven months) since Garth Brooks nine-year, one-month, gap between "To Make You Feel My Love" and "More Than a Memory
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