I'm to Blame

Album: Wild Ones (2015)
Charted: 100
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  • This song serves as a mini-biography for Moore as the singer looks back and learns from past mistakes. He penned the tune with Justin Weaver, who penned co-wrote three tracks on Dustin Lynch's eponymous debut album and Westin Davis, who regularly writes with Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson.
  • Moore had been playing the song on tour for a few years before releasing it as a single in January 2015. During a 2013 interview with CMT, the singer said the track is "going to make people trip out and laugh and it's going to be a rowdy time."
  • This was released as the third single from Kip Moore's sophomore album. The honest lyrics are personal for the singer. "I've learned that sometimes when you're in a relationship, especially if you're trying to keep the relationship, it's better just to admit that something was your fault so everybody can move on," he said. "I thought that sort of truth-telling was a good way to set the tone for the new album."
  • The song finds Moore owning up to who he is and not apologizing for it. "Today in such a politically correct society, we really wanted to write a song about not apologizing about who we are and not scared to speak our mind kind of people, and we wanted to write a song around that whole kind of thing," he said. "And that's what it is – it's a very aggressive, intense, no apologies kind of song about the kind of person you are, and it's not about being rude. You're owning who you are as an individual, and that's what the song is."
  • This song reflects Moore's insistence on doing things his way for his second album. "After the success of the first record I had a lot of people trying to steer me in a certain direction," he said. "This was my way of saying, 'Everybody back up for a second, I'm going to do things this way.' I think that fans can get fooled for a while, but if you're not honest about what you're writing they're not going to fall for it for long."
  • Kip Moore told Radio.com it was Westin Davis who came up with the song's first line: "If it ain't broke, you can bet that I'm gonna break it."

    "I just looked at him and grinned," he recalled. "I was already singing the melody. When he said that line it just kickstarted the whole thing. We ran with that whole song really fast."
  • Filmed in Tennessee, the Peter Zavadil-directed video starts with two tux-laden guys, who turn out to be a groom about to tie the knot and his friend. We learn that the groom's marriage looks doomed from the start. The video cuts to the wedding ceremony where Kip Moore and his band are playing. They're all wearing light blue suits that are clearly from a few decades earlier.

    Moore came up with the concept himself, and it all began with the tuxedos. "I was picturing those terrible, powder-blue, old-school tuxedos. The idea started there, and we really wanted to have some fun with it," he said. "I try not to take myself too seriously all the time!"
  • Kip Moore told Billboard magazine that he was moved to write the track as a result of being peeved off one day. "I was frustrated with some things in my career and my personal life," he said. "I had just got done watching people having this political debate on TV and they were pointing the finger at each other. I thought 'Where did our backbone go in this society?' I came into it with that mindset."
  • The song originated after Kip Moore had been watching TV. "I'd been listening to the night before to some people on TV, there was some stuff going on politically, and everybody's throwing everybody under the bus. No one wants to shield any of the blame. I've never been that guy, man," he recalled. "I kinda came in like just that day just kinda angry about all that. Just feeling like we're all losing our spine. Where have the men gone kinda thing that day."

    "My thing is I'm not looking for the wrong road, but I've always been kinda fearless in my approach. I'm not scared to step out and try something, and there's a good chance that I'm gonna take the wrong step first, but that'll lead me to the right step, and that's kinda what I meant," Moore continued. "I'm not gonna intentionally do things to mess up, but when I do, I'm not gonna try to put it off on somebody else. I'll be the first to say, 'Look I did it. Let's move on from this. I'm sorry about it.' So, that's kinda how the whole concept of it started."


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