Ain't That Lonely Yet

Album: This Time (1993)
Charted: 101
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  • This tale of a girl trying in vain to win back her ex was written by Greek-born songwriter, Kostas (Patti Loveless' "I Can Love You Better") and country artist James House (Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing").
  • House told American Songwriter the story of the song.

    "We had already been working on another song idea for a couple of hours but it had gotten stale so we decided to take a break," he said. "We started talking and Kostas asked me if I was going to get back together with my estranged girlfriend and I said, 'I ain't that lonely yet,' and we looked at each other and said, 'let's write that'."

    "I grabbed my guitar and started singing the verse melody and Kostas was furiously writing lyrics," House continued. "After 10 or 15 minutes he sang the first verse to the melody I was playing. The chorus fell out of him as we were jamming it out. I knew it was a special song when Kostas looked up with a smile and sang the lyric about the spider in my bed. You know you're onto something when the lyrics are coming as fast as you can write them, I think there were four or five more verses that we didn't use."
  • The song was recorded by Dwight Yoakam and released as the lead-off single to his This Time album.

    "Kostas was writing with Dwight a couple of weeks later and played him the cassette work demo we did," House recalled. "If I remember right it was recorded fairly soon and released within a couple of months."
  • The song earned Yoakam his first Grammy award, which he won for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
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