Crying on a Suitcase

Album: Casey James (2012)
Charted: 88
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  • The second single from Casey James's self-titled debut album was penned by Nashville songwriters Lee Thomas Miller, Tom Shapiro and Neil Thrasher. The season nine American Idol alumni told The Boot that the first time he heard the demo, he loved everything about it. "The song really jumped out at me," he said. "Even the way that the song is presented. The title of the track, the syncopation of lyrics and lyrics themselves - everything about it is very standout. Plus the idea of the song is so relatable. Who hasn't been in the situation where their pride has gotten them in trouble? Maybe it's a case where they don't want to break down and lose that pride to make a situation right. The whole thing is just great and I love it."
  • The song's music video was shot in Nashville. It is not a literal interpretation of the lyrics, instead there are symbolic things happening throughout. "Normally, a song like this would have the guy getting in his truck right away to go after the girl, and the song would play out on camera," James told The Boot. "This is not like that ... this video delves into the reason for the song. It shows the relationship between the couple, their good and bad time. You also see the breakup, and her packing and leaving. Then it shows the anguish and torment of the guy who knows he made a mistake but is trying to overcome his pride so he can go after her."


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