It Don't Hurt Like It Used To

Album: Summer Forever (2015)
Charted: 44

Songfacts®:

  • The song was born out of a chance encounter between Currington, his pal Shy Carter (who co-produced the singer's We Are Tonight album) and songwriter Cary Barlowe (Lady Antebullum's "American Honey"). "I just stopped by to see a couple of buddies, Cary and Shy, one night," Currington recalled in a press release. "Cary and I picked up guitars at the same time and played basically the same chord, and the next thing you know, we were writing the song."
  • Currington drew on a former romance when working on the tune.

    I had a couple beers with one of my friends
    Told him just how our story ends
    Did all I could to try to make it work
    But you drug my heart through the Alabama dirt


    "I remember I just started saying all the words that you hear in the beginning of the song," Currington recalled to Radio.com. "They just started falling out. Shy was like, 'What was that, man?' I said, 'I don't know, it's just coming out.' So we wrote 'em down, and then I guess within an hour the song had basically written itself."
  • This was released as the third single from Summer Forever, but Currington admitted that he hadn't even considered it for the album. "To be honest, when I wrote that song, I never even turned it in to anyone. I didn't give it to the label or band or nothing like that, because my song never wins. I just wrote it and put it to the side," he recalled to The Boot. "I got a call from my manager, and he was like, 'Man, what about that song you just wrote? You need to record that song.' And at first I was like, 'No, no.' But thanks to John Dennis, my manager, he kept going on and on, and finally I was like, 'I'll lay it down,' and like I said, it just kept popping up in conversations."
  • This was Currington's only songwriting credit on Summer Forever. "I've been writing songs since I was a little kid. It just naturally happens, and it's nothing I can think about too much," he explained. "But when it comes down to putting 10 songs on an album, the 10 best will always win, and it never matters to me who wrote it. I don't care if I've never heard these guys; I don't even care if they don't even have a publishing deal. Whoever wrote the best song is the one that's going to make it on the album, so I end up passing on mine quite a bit."

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