Standing Right in Front of You

Album: Defying Gravity (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Urban wrote this song with Rick Nowels, who previously co-penned two of Urban's favorite songs "You Get What You Give" by The New Radicals and the Santana/Michelle Branch hit "The Game of Love." Urban told USA Today: "He had sort of a Todd Rundgren, '70s vibe about him that I really loved and thought would suit my records well."
  • Urban explained on Roughstock that Nowels had the music for this song, before he came up with the words. He said: "I didn't know what to write about and was going to ask someone else to help with the lyric. Then I went to England and I started visualizing this guy sitting on the street corner seeing this girl walk by every day. He loves this girl and wishes she would notice him. You know sometimes love really is just standing right in front of you."
  • Urban told USA Today that "the little B section before the chorus has an acoustic guitar thing that was very much inspired by the Fleetwood Mac song "Hold Me." He added that Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham "is my favorite mad scientist."

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