Love Don't Live Here

Album: Lady Antebellum (2008)
Charted: 53
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This was inspired by a breakup that Hillary Scott of Lady A had just endured. Her bandmate Charles Kelley recalled to Billboard magazine:

    "I remember writing that one at my brother Josh's house, and Hillary had come over that morning, and had just broken up with her boyfriend. So I said 'Let's write a song about it,' and there you go."
  • Lady A is a trio consisting of Charles Kelley (the brother of singer-songwriter Josh Kelley), Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott (the daughter of '90s country star Linda Davis). At the time, they were known as Lady Antebellum, which they changed in 2020 because the antebellum period was a time of slavery. Singer Hillary Scott explained their name to MP3.com: "We got together as just songwriters. Became friends and started writing songs. And we wanted to put up a MySpace page. So we wanted to take pictures to put on MySpace to get people's attention, and we ended up going out outside of Nashville to this little town. It's this historic town called Franklin, Tennessee, and there's tons of antebellum homes with the columns, like, from Gone With the Wind. And we ended up in front of these houses, and Charles, the other lead singer in the group, he kind of looked back through the pictures and said, 'Wow, that's a really beautiful antebellum home.' And I said, 'What does that mean?' I didn't know what it meant. But after he explained it to me, I was like, 'Oh, yeah. It is. It's really pretty.' And he goes, 'Isn't that a cool word?' And then we just put a bunch of words in front of it, and 'Lady' is what stuck."

Comments: 2

  • Landon from Winchester, OhThis song is fun. How could a song about a break-up be so upbeat?
  • Daniel from Jacksonville, Flthis song kicks ass! i heard on my towns radio station and loved it ever since..! They actually talked to me on myspace, i was jus playin around and sent them a message like "hey yall, yall are a really great band, i like yalls music" and they wrote me back saying "hey thanks for your support we love hearing from fans"!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Janet Jackson

Janet JacksonFact or Fiction

Was Janet secretly married at 18? Did she gain 60 pounds for a movie role that went to Mariah Carey? See what you know about Ms. Jackson.

Strange Magnetics

Strange MagneticsSong Writing

How Bing Crosby, Les Paul, a US Army Signal Corps Officer, and the Nazis helped shape rock and Roll.

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Wolfgang Van Halen

Wolfgang Van HalenSongwriter Interviews

Wolfgang Van Halen breaks down the songs on his debut album, Mammoth WVH, and names the definitive Van Halen songs from the Sammy and Dave eras.

Eric Burdon

Eric BurdonSongwriter Interviews

The renown rock singer talks about "The House of the Rising Sun" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood."

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.