Street Called Main

Album: yet to be titled (2022)
Play Video


  • Main Street is the principal thoroughfare in many American small towns. It is often the site of all street life, where locals hang out and watch the annual parades go by. Here, Keith Urban reflects on how memories of a past love can be triggered by anything, even the simplest of things, like finding yourself on a "street called main."

    Anytime I'm on any street called Main
    Girl, it's you and me like it never changed
    Spilling two-beer secrets, dancing with some band
    Drawing finger hearts on the back of my hand
  • Chris LaCorte, Josh Miller and Scooter Carusoe wrote "Street Called Main." As soon as Urban heard their demo, he got a feel-good feeling of "pure open road with the windows down nostalgia."
  • When Urban hears a song that he didn't write but wants to record, he gravitates to it for the same reason a listener falls in love with a song on the radio. "In that moment I'm just the person listening to a song that I either love or don't immediately," he told Billboard. "'Street Called Main' just had that thing about it - the melody, the lyric... I was in right out of the gate. I love that song."
  • Urban released "Street Called Main" as a single on October 28, 2022. Its artwork is an homage to the classic scene in the movie Say Anything when John Cusack's character holds a boombox over his head and plays "In Your Eyes" to win the heart of Ione Skye.

    Urban wanted to recreate that look for many years and was waiting for the right song. "I just felt 'Street Called Main' had that thing about it that if we could find similar clothes," he explained to Billboard. "So I was like rummaging through my closet trying to find an overcoat that looks similar to the one John was wearing, sneakers and a T-shirt, and I was trying to replicate it as best I could. I didn't quite nail it. Well, I got pretty close, but I love that movie. And I love that scene. It's so iconic."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Martin Page

Martin PageSongwriter Interviews

With Bernie Taupin, Martin co-wrote the #1 hits "We Built This City" and "These Dreams." After writing the Pretty Woman song for Go West, he had his own hit with "In the House of Stone and Light."

Gavin Rossdale On Lyric Inspirations and Bush's Album The Kingdom

Gavin Rossdale On Lyric Inspirations and Bush's Album The KingdomSongwriter Interviews

The Bush frontman on where he finds inspiration for lyrics, if his "machine head" is a guitar tuner, and the stories behind songs from the album The Kingdom.

Linda Perry

Linda PerrySongwriter Interviews

Songwriting Hall of Famer Linda Perry talks about her songs "What's Up" and "Beautiful," her songwriting process, and her move into film music.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" Album

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" AlbumSong Writing

In the summer of 1990, you could get arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew album or performing their songs in Southern Florida. And that's exactly what happened.

Danny Kortchmar

Danny KortchmarSongwriter Interviews

Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James, Tapestry, and Running On Empty. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."