Glass Houses

Album: Steel Magnolia (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • Unlike the other tracks on the Country duo Steel Magnolia's debut album, there is only one writer credited on this song: Joshua Scott Jones. His musical partner/girlfriend Meghan Linsey writes many of their songs with him, and they also get contributions from other Nashville songwriters, including Lori McKenna.
  • When we spoke with Joshua Scott Jones in 2011, he told us about this song. Said Jones: "To put it in a wider perspective, I'll just say it's about self-sabotaging and maybe behavior that you take on that is unhealthy. Something that you're doing over and over that's not working, but you continue on that path because that's all you've known and that's what you've become comfortable with. It could be about anything, including addiction or anything like that. There may be a few lines in there that let you know, maybe, in particular what the song may be about. But I think that just any kind of behavior like that or addiction, that's what it's about. This is our first record, so I still want people to come to their own conclusions at first. Down the road we'll have a sit-down or something and talk more about it. (laughing)"
  • Jones told us that this is one of his favorites on the album. He explained: "To me, it's more personal and I think it's cool anytime that people can sit back and connect with that imagery and the metaphors. Maybe it's not a song that you'll hear the first time and go and love, but maybe a few times down the road when you're sitting in your chair or taking a bath, or I don't know what you're doing (laughing) just when you're in a listening type of mood. It's upbeat and fun. It's more of a poem put into a song."

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