The Secret

Album: I'm a Fire (2014)


  • David Nail wrote this tragic tale with Scooter Carusoe (Kenny Chesney's "Better as a Memory"). It originated from a story the singer experienced in his late teens. He told Billboard magazine: "I lost a friend in my freshman year in college. It was a very powerful moment, and the song took an immediate right turn and became something completely different. I'm very proud of it. It was the very first attempt I had at writing a story song."
  • Nail had the track in his back pocket since the early 2010s. "It was definitely a song that we could have recorded for the second record," he said. "I'm pretty sure we never even entertained that. When it came time to record this record, it was just one of those that the A&R staff was aware of, and they always brought it up."


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