Carrie Underwood Shares the Line She Didn’t Want to Cross With ‘Drinking Alone’
Underwood joined songwriters David Garcia and Brett James to paint a lyrical picture of a woman drinking away her sorrows in a bar, joined by a handsome stranger for a flirtatious night of "drinking alone, together." But while both the song and its video are suffused with a sultry vibe, Underwood was clear from the outset that she didn't want the lyrical flirtation to end in an obvious manner.
"I was like, 'I don’t want her like going home with him,'" she says in an interview with her record label, UMG Nashville. "I don’t want any of that. I just want it to be like, ‘Okay we’ll just hang out. We’ll drink. We’ll maybe share a corner booth kiss.’"
Underwood says the characters were never meant to be together, however fleetingly.
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"It’s just more about that night and that moment and that Band-Aid and then going your separate ways," she shares. "Like, 'This isn’t a thing. I’m not looking to start a new relationship. I’m out of this one. Let’s just let whatever this is be what this is right now.’”
The songwriters made that intent clear in the opening lyrics, writing, "Let me make one thing clear / You can buy me a beer / But you ain’t taking me home / No pick-up lines / I came here tonight / To shed a few tears on my own."
“I had the title, and we just kind of started, 'What does this mean?'" Underwood relates. " ... I feel like the title could have gone to a very like sad emotional place, but me being me, I still wanted to have that strong kind of character in there. So, I love the fact that this is a breakup song. ‘I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away. You and me can hang out. Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately? We’re both here doing the same thing. Let’s just do that together.’"
"Drinking Alone" is the fourth single from Underwood's current album, Cry Pretty. It's been one of the nightly highlights of her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360, and Underwood also performed "Drinking Alone" live in a showstopping moment at the 2019 CMA Awards on Nov. 13.
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