Southpaw

Album: Wild World (2020)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • A southpaw is a name for a left-handed person, especially left-handed pitchers and boxers - around one in ten of the world's population is left-handed. This guitar-heavy outlaw anthem finds Moore celebrating standing apart in today's world.
  • Moore first came up with a rough demo for the song during soundcheck in South Dakota and sent it to longtime co-writer Westin Davis ("I'm to Blame," "Guitar Man"). By the time soundcheck was over, Davis had sent back some lyrical ideas. The two wrote the song via text before Moore returned to Nashville and they finished the track together.
  • For the record, Moore is right handed. He explained to Billboard: "I'm not left handed, but I always loved the title 'Southpaw' and the whole thing behind it because I was a big boxing fan growing up and the most unique thing in the boxing world was a southpaw - a left hand."

    "I've just always felt a little out of place in the way the world is right now. I don't do a lot of social media stuff. For me, a lot of times, I look around at all this stuff that we're putting our focus on and sometimes it feels kind of silly to me," he added. "I think that particular day it was maybe a little bit of frustration coming out [and] 'Southpaw' was a metaphor for feeling like I should have been born in a different time and I thought that was a cool way to tackle a song."
  • Moore begins the song by declaring, "I should've been a cowboy," before vividly describing the outlaw lifestyle. He'd be living in the black hills, drinking doubles of whiskey, always "ready for a quick draw." However, Moore explained to American Songwriter that rather than pining for the Wild West, his songwriting inspiration came from being cheesed off with modern life.

    "I get a little frustrated with the way I see society shaping up and the way everything's become a little vanity-ridden," he said. "Social media to me has gotten out of hand. At times I just feel like I was born at the wrong time and I feel kind of isolated in those thoughts. And then it makes me feel like maybe I'm crusty and jaded. I'm not sure. I'm still trying to process the way I feel sometimes about the way I see everything going."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michelle Branch

Michelle BranchSongwriter Interviews

Michelle Branch talks about "Everywhere," "The Game Of Love," and her run-in with a Christian broadcasting network.

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.

Dino Cazares of Fear Factory

Dino Cazares of Fear FactorySongwriter Interviews

The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.

Bob Dylan Lyric Quiz

Bob Dylan Lyric QuizMusic Quiz

Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Michael Bolton

Michael BoltonSongwriter Interviews

Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.