Keith Urban’s ‘We Were’ Is An Ode To The One Who Got Away
Eric Church co-wrote the song, but Urban had no idea until after he recorded it.
Keith Urban; Photo Courtesy Capitol Records Nashville
Keith Urban remembers the one who got away in his new single, “We Were.”
Penned by Ryan Tyndell, Jeff Hyde and country superstar Eric Church, the nostalgic song is a mid-tempo ballad that features light banjo, acoustic picking and relaxed percussion. Unlike some of the more genre-bending, pop-tinged tracks Urban has released in recent years, “We Were” puts more emphasis on his emotional vocals, while he reminisces over an old flame, recalling moments like wearing “leather jackets on a Harley” and being “two heartbeats in the moonlight.”
It’s that kind of imagery that Urban connected with when he chose to cut the song.
“When I first heard ‘We Were,’ I not only heard it, but saw it,” the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year explained of the reflective song’s picturesque lyrics. “It made me feel something. The imagery is so strong — a stamp on the back of the hand, a Saturday night cover band, the girlfriend (or boyfriend) we ran with and a fake i.d., which of course I never had. So many of us can relate or will relate at some point!”
Even though Urban was drawn to the vivid lyrics of “We Were” upon hearing them, he confessed that he didn’t know Church shared writing credits on it until after the song was recorded.
“It got sent to me, not by Eric, but by someone who finds songs for me,” Urban told Bobby Bones on iHeartRadio’s The Bobby Bones Show. “I didn’t know he was a writer, which was really cool, because it wasn’t until we recorded the song, it was all done, and I found out after the fact.”
“I found out and I called Eric, and I was like, ‘Dude, I just cut this song.’ He was thrilled,” Urban added. “I said, ‘I had no idea that you were a writer on it.’ He said, ‘Well that’s even better because it means you really loved the song.’ I do. I really love the song.”
“We Were” is the lead single from Urban’s yet-to-be-announced forthcoming record, which will serve as the follow up to 2018’s Graffiti U.
Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.