Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love)

Album: Keep On Loving You (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • McEntire explained to Great American Country: "This woman has a meltdown and she is just putting sheets on the bed and winds up in a bunch of dirty clothes on the floor, crying her eyes out. She checks into a cheap motel and lets it all out, crying in the bathtub. It was just as simple as picking up the kids and she's back in life again. She just needed to go away and take time for herself. Eight hours later, they're sitting around table eating chicken and laughing. It's eight crazy hours and the story of love."
  • Country/bluegrass singer-songwriter Leslie Satcher and country session guitarist and songwriter Darrell Scott ("Long Time Gone") wrote this song, which was originally recorded by Shelly Fairchild on her 2005 debut album Ride. Initially, McEntire was unsure whether to record it. She explained to Great American Country: "This is a song I was on the fence about because it was so deep that I just didn't know how to take it. And so I let Autumn McEntire Sizemore, my niece, listen to it. She started crying and said, 'You've got to record this song.' I let more people listen to it and they were like, 'Oh my gosh!' It didn't hit me as hard as it did a lot of other people. I guess I haven't had to get away. I think my music is my release. Whenever I am menopausal or whatever, I can release things in my music when I sing. That is my therapy. It touched so many people that I recorded it. When I sang it live it choked me up so much that I couldn't get through it."

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