Babies

Songfacts®:

  • This personal track was inspired by Nail wife's Catherine giving birth to Lawson and Lillian in December 2015 after a long struggle to conceive. Nail said: "A couple months after the kids are born I just kind of had a revelation on everything that had transpired and just got extremely emotional and that led me to write a song called 'Babies.'"
  • During this song, Nail sings about how his life has changed since becoming a father to twins. "In a weird way, I kind of enjoy the hardness of it," he said during an album listening session regarding the difficulties of being a new father. "Every choice I make, every decision I make is revolved around them now."
  • David Nail wrote the song with Lee Thomas Miller and Scooter Carusoe. He told Billboard magazine: "I wanted it to be basically a conversation with me and the kids, telling them who their parents were and how significant the journey was. I wanted them to know how long we've waited for them and how hard it was to get pregnant and to have them and how much prayer, love and support we had to have just to welcome them into this world. The song just fell out like a conversation."
  • David Nail told the story of the song to Radio.com:

    "'Babies' was born about three months after my kids were born," he explained. "I just went out for breakfast one morning. The night before, I'd kind of reflected some, and got maybe slightly emotional. I went out for breakfast by myself. I wanted some time away to think about some things, and I texted a good friend of mine, Scooter Carusoe, who I co-wrote the song with, and Lee Miller. And I said, 'Hey, I think I'm finally ready to write a song about my kids.'"

    Carusoe had already anticipated this. "He wrote back immediately and said, 'I've already started on it.' It just took my breath away," said Nail. "Not because I was excited, but because I was afraid. I had not talked to him about anything about the song, what I wanted to say, the direction I wanted to go. It kind of scared me that he had already started. And so, we agreed to meet the next day, and we sat down and he had literally already crafted the first verse. It was just a matter of completing the story."

    "Lee came in," he continued. "It was really important for me to write the song with those two people, because more so than anyone else in town, they know my story and what we've been through, and have kind of been through some of the same issues themselves, so it was important to have them in the room."

    "It was a very simple song, and there wasn't a whole lot of rocket science to it," Nail concluded. "It's pretty much, word for word, our story. It's obviously a gift from God - just like my kids were."

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