Chris Stapleton penned this sparse ballad about a love gone cold along with Tim James and Kendell Marvel. Speaking in 2017, Stapleton recalled:
"I wrote that song over 10 years, so I couldn't recall the day or all those things, but I'm sure I t went something like I walked into the room with Tim James and Kendall Marvel, one of them had this idea. It seemed really tragic and sad, so we tried to do that to the best of our ability, but also to put truth in it and honesty in it, and when you can do that, then truth and honesty are going to find somebody inside a song."
The song was originally recorded by Lee Ann Womack for her 2008 Call Me Crazy record. Stapleton explained why he redid the tune nine years later for his From a Room: Volume 1 album:
"My wife always loved that song, which should worry me, but she just loves really slow sad songs and she always wanted me to play that song So, I felt led to do it and if I'm gonna sing something, I'm gonna sing it with every ounce of belief and try to put every bit of believability in a lyric that I can."
This won for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards in 2018. From A Room: Volume 1 took Best Country Album, and Stapleton also earned Best Country Song for "Broken Halos."
Just MeWhen I first heard this song,I was blown away that Country music and Chrs in particular could be so real,so raw. Then to learn that it was about nothing in his life, but rather believable bs or a " good idea" that someone actually living those lyric was disappointing to say the least. I hope any song writer would be more authentic than just penning tragic lines that someone else is living. But maybe that's just me,Words do Matter,and especially when borne out in their originators life
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