When I'm up here on this stage, the spotlight's on my face
But I see you
It's me strummin' this Gibson, it's me they love to give the credit to
But me don't mean a thing without you.
"Without You" is a tribute to all those who contributed to Luke Combs' journey, which has taken him to stardom. He shows his gratitude to his parents, romantic partner Nicole Hocking, and his fans.
Luke Combs first performed this heartfelt song with fans in February and March 2020 during his What You See Is What You Get Tour. When the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to his concerts, Combs began sharing some of his unreleased songs on social media. He uploaded "Without You" on May 19, 2020.
Luke Combs released the song as the lead single from What You See Ain't Always What You Get on September 18, 2020. Highwoman and member of Jason Isbell's 400 Unit, Amanda Shires, plays the fiddle on the track.
Combs wrote the song in the summer of 2019 with Wyatt Durrett and Dan Isbell in the mountains of North Carolina. He explained to Radio.com: "I always wanted to, along with 'This One's For You,' have a song that lets everyone know how appreciative I am of where I am. The first verse is about my parents, and the second verse is about my wife, and the third verse is about you, the fans."