On January 9, 2012, Miranda Lambert released “Over You,” one of the most emotional songs in her entire music catalog.
The track was co-written by Lambert alongside her then-husband, Blake Shelton, and was inspired by the death of Shelton’s older brother Richie, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 1990. The song came to life in the midst of a tear-filled conversation between Lambert and Shelton. Ultimately, Lambert was the one who recorded “Over You” because Shelton wasn’t sure he could handle singing the emotion-filled song every night on stage.
“Over You” is featured on Lambert’s fourth studio album, Four the Record. At the time, Lambert was widely known for angsty tracks like “Gunpowder & Lead,” “Kerosene,” and “White Liar,” so she hoped that the song would showcase another side of her personality and artistry.
“I love that song, and I feel like it’s time for me to show I have that side of me that’s vulnerable and hurting for someone else,” Lambert previously shared.
“Over You” was well-received by fans and critics alike. The song touched the hearts of many and went on to reach the No.1 spot at country radio.
“You know I cry every time I listen to it,” Lambert told Taste of Country of the song in 2012.
The “Over You” music video was directed by Lambert‘s longtime collaborator Trey Fanjoy and features the superstar walking through a wooded area as well as shots of a stunning white horse that seems to come and go throughout the clip. As she makes her way around the woods, Lambert smiles at two young boys who are seen playing together, however, at the end of the clip, one boy disappears.
“Over You” won the title of Song of the Year at the ACM Awards and CMA Awards.