That Year

Album: That Year (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • Carlile wrote this song about a high school friend who committed suicide when they were both 16. At the time she was angry and confused over her friend's choice, but she has finally come to a place of forgiveness and is at peace about it.

    In our interview with Brandi Carlile, she explained: "I was just in such a hyperactive phase in my life. But one of the ways that I moved past it was by blocking it out in terms like applying this sort of ridiculous rigid concept to it about selfishness. I just wrote it off and never talked about it or thought about it. And then like 10 years later this song came out of nowhere. You know, your feelings, it's just funny how they surface like that. And I wrote this song about reconciliation and forgiveness, and the understanding for the first time that he's what happened to him, not anybody else."
  • This track, along with the rest of Give Up the Ghost, was helmed by Grammy award winning producer Rick Rubin.

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  • Loretta from ArkansasThis song is so powerful to me because I have struggled with suicidal ideations. It is poignant and beautiful.
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