Night Owl

Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Little Big Town close their fifth studio album, Tornado, with this chilling track which the quartet wrote with Nashville songwriter Natalie Hemby. It is one of five writing credits that Hemby has on the record.
  • LBT's Karen Fairchild recalled the writing of the song to The Boot: "The title was Natalie's. It was the first day we had ever written with her and she came in with guns loaded, with lots of ideas. It was really very flattering because she had listened to all the band's records and she knew the history so much that she said, 'I want to write something with you guys that you've never written before. A style that you've never written before.' So we were like, 'Let's do it!' We love creative exercises like that, exploring new avenues. So the call-and-answer between the two duets of Kimberly and I and the guys is kind of an Everly Brothers homage. It was something that we had never done."
  • The cooing chorus was achieved by the band singing into an echo chamber. Phillip Sweet recalled: "At the studio, there's a little hole in the wall that you go through to the chamber, where there are microphones set up to catch the echo. We all got inside to sing the 'who-o-oohs.'"

Comments: 1

  • Jake from High Island, TxThis was not my favorite song on the album Tornado. I skipped it often (Sorry). One morning I listened to a bit of it and it reminded me of a song I had heard years ago...it drove me nuts. I asked my wife and she felt the same. It was an old song done by LBT. Well, we all know THAT is not the case. I love this song, lyrics, music..the whole thing. I can't get it out of my mind. When I met my bride of 39 years I traveled every week...this song hits home for us. Thanks for doing it.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Jello Biafra

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse Pop

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne

Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of WayneSongwriter Interviews

The guy who brought us "Stacy's Mom" also wrote the Jane Lynch Emmy song and Stephen Colbert's Christmas songs.

Early Days of MTV

Early Days of MTVFact or Fiction

If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. See if you can spot the real ones.

Randy Houser

Randy HouserSongwriter Interviews

The "How Country Feels" singer talks Skynyrd and songwriting.