That Wasn't Me

Album: Bear Creek (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • The first single from Carlile's fourth album Bear Creek, she wrote the song herself, and like many of her tracks, it comes from a very personal place. "It's about addiction," she told us. "What's happening in my family. An addiction recovery and the reaction people are expected to have after one recovers from an addiction after years of turmoil." (Here's our full Brandi Carlile interview.)
  • Elton John sang with Brandi on her 2009 song "Caroline." She told us that Elton was a big influence on the sound of this track. "I had never written in that vein before, although I am an enthusiast of blues and soul-rock," she explained. "I'm such a huge Elton John fan. But I have a piano in my living room and I was running out of the house one day. I went to go hit an E chord and my thumb slipped, and I hit this kind of bluesier sounding chord. And I couldn't get it out of my head. I got in my car, and I had a lot of stuff going on mentally. I wrote this song around that chord. When I got home, I was able to piece it together."

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