Scotty McCreery Reveals He Almost Changed The Lyrics Of ‘In Between’ Before Sending It To Radio

Following the incredible success of “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It,” Scotty McCreery is back at country radio with…


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August 6, 2019


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Following the incredible success of “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It,” Scotty McCreery is back at country radio with “In Between,” the third single from his Seasons Change album.

The song, which McCreery co-wrote with Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton, is a bit autobiographical for the American Idol alum, however, there’s one lyric that doesn’t quite fit his current lifestyle.

As a married man, the lines “I’m a far cry from being/ A one night stand/ But I ain’t ready/ For a ring on my hand,” are a far off from McCreery’s truth. In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter revealed to Country Now and other reporters that he and his team actually contemplated changing up the lyrics prior to the song’s release.

“I wrote the song a week after writing ‘Five More Minutes,’ so it would have been 2015,” he recalled. “At that point in my life, I was still finishing up my college career, two and half years there at NC State, still living on my own and still not engaged or anything like that. When we were talking that day, it was just kind of who I was as a person at that time and explaining it through song lyrics. I feel like a lot of folks at that point, and sometimes still, had painted me as this like holier than heaven kid who never messes up. I’m like, ‘man, I’m human like everybody else,’ so I kind of conveyed that in a song.”

“The one major thing that’s changed since we wrote it was the line “a far cry from being a one night stand, but I ain’t ready for a ring on my hand,’” he continued. “[It] made a lot of sense in 2015. [It’s] a little different now. I love this ring on my hand.”

They ultimately decided against changing the lyrics. McCreery said he is happy with their decision and felt like the song “didn’t lose its credibility” simply because of that one line.

McCreery will take “In Between” and the rest of his hits on the road throughout the fall.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.