Hello World

Album: Need You Now (2010)
Charted: 58
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  • This string-laden song penned by Tom Douglas, Tony Lane and David Lee, is a track from Country music group Lady Antebellum's second album, Need You Now.
  • The song talks about seeing God's miracles in life. AOL's the Boot asked LA member Charles Kelley what was the last thing he saw that made him remember that God is here? Kelley replied: "I can put myself in that spot, in the car, just sitting there in traffic absolutely about to explode and all of a sudden you look over and see something as innocent and cute as a child with chocolate on her face. And you go, 'I needed that, in that moment, to relax and remind myself that life is still sweet.'"
  • LA member Hilary Scott told Billboard magazine: "That song found us. It was written by Tom Douglas, David Lee and Tony Lane, three of the greatest songwriters in Nashville. The first time I heard it, it wasn't even a pitch for us, it was just a friend saying, 'You need to hear this song.' I loved it, but I didn't even think about it for us.

    A couple of months later we're sitting in London, Ontario, and we're missing this one song that could round out the record, not about a relationship per se, but something that has a bigger thematic message. I said, 'Guys, I have something, I don't really know if you're going to hear it, but I know it's a beautiful lyric and it's a really well-written song.' I played it for the guys and they flipped."
  • Lady A's Dave Haywood recalled to The Boot the first time Hillary Scott played this song to her bandmates: "Hillary had this song on her iPod. Someone had given it to her two or three years ago when she was going through a little bit of a rough time. She was like, 'This song gave me a lot of hope during this time in my life ... It's just something I leave on my iPod because it gives me hope when I'm having a bad day.' She played it for us, and it was literally a piano and [songwriter] Tom Douglas' vocal on it. Tom wrote the song with David Lee and Tony Lane. It almost brought all three of us to tears. We knew that's the song that we were looking for. That's what we wanted to say and be affiliated with... that kind of message."
  • Haywood told The Boot the trio was more than pleased about the adaptation they came up with in the studio. "We felt so great about the arrangement we came up with," he noted. "I think that Charles [Kelley's]' vocal is impeccable and flawless on it. When the album came out, everybody would ask us what's our favorite song on the album. It has always been 'Hello World.' It's an incredible song. I'm happy that we could be the voice to get that message out there."
  • David Lee told The Boot the story of this song: "The idea for this song is an old one. It was originally called, 'Hello Heart.' I started it when I was 27 years old ... a long time ago. I'm 42 now! (laughs) I wrote a chorus and pretty much most of the song a different way. And then I put it down, turned away from it, and didn't think of it again for at least 10 years. I got with Tony Lane, and we sat down and talked about it one day. We tried to write it, tried to come up with some ideas and finally came up with the chorus. But the rhymes weren't jelling. Then we got Tom Douglas in on it. Together, Tom and Tony helped to turn this into something that made it a great song.

    Tom's great. He was on Lady A's, 'I Run To You.' He actually had the idea to change this song to 'Hello World,' because we couldn't get the rhyme right. 'Hello Heart' didn't have the feel. Tom got a hold of it and started messing around with it on his piano. Then he called me and said, "Hey, what about, 'Hello World?'" He also had an idea to change the first verse.

    If Tom Douglas and Tony Lane hadn't helped me, this song wouldn't be what it is, that's for sure. It really did turn it into something, but I had this song idea so long ago that I'd just forgotten about it. It's a big ballad, the song they close their show with. It's really powerful. It's one of those kind of songs you could see being a world kind of thing: a big song. I'm really proud of it, and really excited about it."
  • Tom Douglas says the littlest details, like the image of the little girl with the chocolate on her face, have the biggest impact. He explained in a Songfacts interview: "In songwriting, or any kind of writing, what you're trying to do is focus on small moments. Capture the smallest moment you can with the most intricate detail, and it gets bigger. If you try to write something really big because you think it's going to be more universal, it doesn't seem to work. You've got to take something really small. The smaller you get it, the more universal it seems to become.

    I'm looking for those vignettes, those small scenes that kind of fit into a larger context." (Read our full interview with Tom Douglas.)
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  • Frederick from Lynnwood, WaWhen I 1st bought the CD thur the LADYA Fan club site and the stations had Not heard of "Hello World" I listen to it and it hit me very personally because i saw myself in that way I know their are times in our day to day life we don't take time and enjoy life little moments like little kids do each and everyday.
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