Letting Me Down

Album: That's How Rumors Get Started (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • Inspired by a couple of former high school friends, Margo Price and her husband Jeremy Ivey wrote this fast-paced, guitar-driven track about two teenage runaways trying to escape their lives.
  • Margo Price and Jeremy Ivey have a long history of working together - they formed the band Buffalo Clover before Price started her solo career. Together, they wrote six of the songs on her 2017 All American Made album, including the title track.
  • The That's How Rumors Get Started producer, singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, contributes backing vocals.
  • Directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch during the COVID-19 pandemic, the video was shot at Price's Nashville home and in an abandoned hospital where she performs a choreographed dance sequence.

    Stuckwisch drove to Nashville from Los Angeles in a fully equipped 1980s RV, which she parked in Price's driveway for 16 days. They were able to abide by the 6-feet social distancing recommendations by setting up a remote head for the camera operated from a closet outside of the room. "We wore masks the entire time and Margo supplied us with multiple bottles of hand sanitizer and spiked seltzers," Stuckwisch shared.

    "We wanted to speak to what was going on at that moment, to a world that was / is shut down, to the fear we all feel, and to the hope of breaking free," the director added regarding the video's concept.

    Price's sister, Kylie, choreographed her dance sequence for her. The singer price told UK newspaper The Sun: "I haven't danced in forever but I studied ballet, tap, modern dance for years. It felt like a good release to do it again."
  • Margo Price released a brand new arrangement she dubbed the Downer Version on September 4, 2020. According to the press release, the new interpretation "transforms the track from a restless, riff-rocking travelogue of a runaway teenager into a mesmerizing meditation on loneliness."

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