Memory I Don't Mess With

Album: Hey World (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • This story of love lost finds Lee Brice running into an old girlfriend. The memories of their time together are so powerful, poignant and raw they need to remain in the past. If they get close again, he fears he might get pulled in again too deep. Said Brice: "The memory's always there. The pictures are always there in your head. But that's the one you've gotta let alone, and let just be a memory."
  • The idea for the heartfelt tale of a past romance came during a writing session with Brian Davis. Brice recalled to American Songwriter that he and Davis were sitting around talking, having just written a song, when one of them said, "That's a memory I don't mess with." he immediately sensed a song idea, "And right then and there, we wrote a chorus."

    The song sat without any verses for about a year. Brice kept it on his work tape until finally a melody came to him and he completed it with Billy Montana. "Sometimes, you just have to let songs breathe for a while, and that one soaked into my ears and into my head for a year," said Brice.
  • Brice released the song on October 16, 2020, believing it to be the perfect soundtrack for sweater weather. "It's that time of year," he told Apple Music. "The fall, school comes back in, football. To me, it inspires the heart and nudges nostalgia."

    "This definitely has pieces of my real-life history and I think that's why it makes it special," Brice added. "It draws people in as we have all been through that feeling at some point in our lives."

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