Luke Combs’ long-awaited new album, Growin’ Up, is here and one of the most buzzed-about tracks on the project is “Outrunnin’ Your Memory,” a duet with fellow country superstar Miranda Lambert.
Combs, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, and Lambert, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, co-wrote “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” alongside Dan Isbell.
The song finds the pair crooning over a breakup, admitting that it’s been difficult to shake thoughts of an ex.
“Outrunnin’ your memory is like outrunnin’ the wind/ I can’t get where I’m going if I can’t leave where you’ve been/ I see you in every sunset, every star in the sky/ I hear you callin’ my name in the middle of the night/ The longer gone I get on down the road/ Reminds me baby, that there just ain’t no/ Outrunnin’ your memory,” they sing on the chorus.
Ahead of the album’s release, Combs shared the story behind the song and gushed over the opportunity to work with Lambert.
“Wrote the song with Miranda Lambert, it’s kind of an interesting story. You know, we had talked about writing before in passing. And I’ve always been a huge fan of her writing. Obviously, man, I think she’s one of the best artists, writers of, you know, not only our generation but of all time,” Combs shared.
He went on to explain that they got together at Lambert’s manager’s office and started throwing around a few ideas. They didn’t land on anything they loved at first, so they called Dan Isbell, to start working on idea they had come up with the day before. Combs said Isbell cleared his schedule and headed their way.
In the time it took for Isbell to get there, Combs and Lambert found themselves working on a new idea that quickly turned into “Outrunnin’ Your Memory.”
“And so we had had the chorus done, Dan got there, helped us knock out the rest of it. So it’s me, Dan, Miranda, love this song. I really do. It’s one of my favorites has such a kind of a different feel than some other stuff,” Luke Combs explained.
“And I think, you know, I’ve spoken about this album, kind of being transitional, you know, because I’m at this transitional stage of my life where, you know, I still feel like a young kid. I’m growin’ up a little bit however. And I wanted it to also, you know, the album that is, to follow that same theme sonically,” he continued. “So this is one of those songs. I feel like we’re kind of progressing the sound and I really love this song and shout out to Miranda for singing on it with me. I think it adds a whole new whole new flair to this song that wasn’t there before. So I hope y’all love it. It’s one of my favorites.”