Sober

Songfacts®:

  • This Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose penned song finds Little Big Town singing about not being too serious and enjoying life to the very end. Released as the fourth single from Tornado, it was performed by the band on TV for the first time on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno during the program's September 26, 2013 episode.
  • Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman explained the song's meaning: "It's a great way of saying, first of all, we're all in beautiful relationships in our lives, and we don't want to live without that," she said. "It's a wonderful way of saying, 'I'm drunk on your love and I don't ever want to be without it."
  • Kimberly's first husband died of a heart attack in 2005 before finding happiness again with Stephen Schlapman. She told People magazine that the song hits especially close to home for her. "I have experienced what it means to lose the love of your life," she said. "And I've experience what it feels like to love again after great loss, so this song touches me so deeply in my heart."

    Karen Fairchild, who is married to bandmate Jimi Westbrook added, "'Sober' reminds of me when Jimi and I first fell in love."
  • The song's Reid Long-directed music video was shot as Little Big Town crossed the country in 2013 when they served as the opening act on Keith Urban's Light the Fuse Tour.
  • Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook described the song as "hazy sunshine." He explained that while listening to the tune, he thought of "the boardwalk… those places that have the piers that go out, and they've got the Ferris Wheels and people holding hands."

Comments: 1

  • Camille from Toronto, OhAt some point recently, I was listening to a song by Little Big Town and the thought came to me that I was so thankful to be alive to hear the sound of the incredible blend of their voices. They are heavenly. When you feel your life is completely saturated with all the good things and you feel like you have the resources to tackle the tough stuff when it comes along, you reach a point where you are drunk on that high. Only it's the good kind of drunk. Exquisite. And that's what this song is, too.
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