Album: The Sound of a Million Dreams (2011)


  • This song dates back to Keith Urban's days as lead singer of the country trio, Ranch. Co-written by him with Vernon Rust, it featured on their self-titled 1997 debut album. Nail explained to Roughstock why he decided to cover the tune: "There are a couple of records that really influenced me when I first moved to town, and that is one of them. 'Desiree' starts out like a ballad, but ends up a bona fide up-tempo song. I don't write a lot of tempo, and I don't want to cut a tempo song just for the sake of it. It wouldn't really speak to me. But this feels like it fit the sound of the record. It's a song that bridges some of the more produced stuff, like 'Let It Rain,' with the more loose songs like 'Grandpa's Farm.'"
  • Nail had considered performing this song in his live sets and was working on it in sound check, when one of his A&R guys called asking him about cutting it. However, he told The Boot he found it difficult recording the tune. "I'd never really sang it consistently," he explained, "and was very nervous about our arrangement, but some people who are close to Keith convinced me that Keith will respect you for doing your own thing with it and staying true to yourself. I feel like we paid tribute to the original but at the same time kind of made it a David Nail song, too."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Billy Joe ShaverSongwriter Interviews

The outlaw country icon talks about the spiritual element of his songwriting and his Bob Dylan mention.

Dave MasonSongwriter Interviews

Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

Carol KayeSongwriter Interviews

A top session musician, Carol played on hundreds of hits by The Beach Boys, The Monkees, Frank Sinatra and many others.

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

The Punk Photography of Chris SteinSong Writing

Chris Stein of Blondie shares photos and stories from his book about the New York City punk scene.