Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong

Album: Shine (2009)
Charted: 74

Songfacts®:

  • This song was co-written by Stephen Barker Liles, who is a member of the band Love and Theft. Liles was the subject of Taylor Swift's song "Hey Stephen," which included finger snaps from McBride's children.
  • Even though she didn't write this song, McBride did make a few changes to make it all her own. She explained: "When the song was originally written, it was written as a guy who was hanging out with this girl. She'd broken up with this guy or he'd broken up with her. And the person who was singing this song was a guy who was kind of hanging out going, 'Well, eventually you'll notice me.' So we took it and turned it around so it's two friends talking to each other."
  • In addition to Stephen Barker Liles, the other co-writers were Brad and Brett Warren (who comprise The Warren Brothers), and Robert Ellis Orrall. Liles and Brett Warren told The Boot the story of the song:

    Liles: "Originally the song idea was a guy singing it. It was about him trying to move in on a rebound of this girl going, 'Oh, he left me, and I'm so sad.' Then he goes, 'No, everything's going to be alright ... I'm here!'"

    Brett Warren: "It was written from a guy's standpoint ... putting his arm around a girl he likes, going, 'It's OK, you're going to find somebody soon ... maybe in five or 10 minutes!' That's what the whole thing was -- one of those rebound songs about the guy being at the right place at the right time. It was initially for Love and Theft. We loved it, Stephen loved it and Love and Theft's producer loved it, but for some reason it just slipped through the cracks. I stuck it on a demo CD with something else for Martina. She called me back and said, 'I love this song! This is killer. Can we switch some pronouns and some things around to make it work for me?'"

    Liles: "In the verse, it used to be 'it ain't wrong baby wrong baby wrong, cuz it feels so right when you put your hand in mine' ... but it probably would've been weird if she was talking about how right it feels holding some girl's hand! [laughs] She changed it to a lot better of a line about he's moving on, good and gone."

    Brett Warren: "We didn't know how it would turn out, but she cut it like an old Linda Ronstadt-meets-modern-country-radio sound. It's killer! I love that song. It is commercially one of the coolest songs Brad and I have ever written. I love Stephen and writing with him. He's an open book of wild, crazy melodies and ideas and things."

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