Album: Starting Over (2020)
Charted: 101
Play Video


  • Here, Chris Stapleton bitterly addresses his former romantic partner. He hadn't anticipated his lover coldly walking out on him, breaking his heart.
  • The mournful ballad opens with a somber piano line performed by Benmont Tench. It slowly builds, before culminating in a grand crescendo of heartbreak and Stapleton's anguished, passionate guitar solo.
  • Stapleton wrote the song with Starting Over producer Dave Cobb and longtime band members JT Cure and Derek Mixon.
  • Benmont Tench is a renowned session musician and the longtime keyboard player in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Stapleton enlisted him to play Hammond B3 organ on several Starting Over tracks, including "Maggie's Song," "Arkansas," "Nashville, TN," and this song.
  • Stapleton cut part of "Cold" at Muscle Shoals, Alabama, before adding string arrangements and Tench's Hammond contribution after his trip.
  • Stapleton delivered a soulful performance of "Cold" at the 2021 CMA Awards accompanied by Dave Cobb's electric guitar and a soaring string section. The neo-outlaw star also hit the stage with Jennifer Hudson to perform a medley of the Willie Nelson-penned "Night Life" and "You Are My Sunshine." Stapleton snagged four out of the five trophies for which he'd been nominated, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for "Starting Over."
  • Stapleton performed this at the Grammy Awards in 2022, where it won for Best Country Song. He filled up his trophy case that night: Starting Over took Best Country Album and "You Should Probably Leave" won for Best Country Solo Performance.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TV

90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TVSong Writing

Shows like Dawson's Creek, Grey's Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way songs were heard on TV, and produced some hits in the process.

George Harrison

George HarrisonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really steal George's wife? What's the George Harrison-Monty Python connection? Set the record straight with our Fact or Fiction quiz.

Janis Ian

Janis IanSongwriter Interviews

One of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.

Rob Halford of Judas Priest

Rob Halford of Judas PriestSongwriter Interviews

Rob Halford dives into some of his Judas Priest lyrics, talking about his most personal songs and the message behind "You've Got Another Thing Comin'."

Sarah Brightman

Sarah BrightmanSongwriter Interviews

One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.

Album Cover Inspirations

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.