Story Behind the Song: Lady Antebellum, ‘Heart Break’
“Heart Break” is the title track of and second single from Lady Antebellum‘s sixth studio album. Written by all three of the trio’s members — Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood — along with Jesse Frasure and Nicolle Galyon, the song came about when Lady A were wrapping up their self-imposed hiatus and creating what they wanted to be their most authentic and honest record to date.
Below, Scott recalls to The Boot they day the quintet of tunesmiths wrote “Heart Break.”
We were in Rosemary Beach, Fla. — the first kind of retreat of making the record. We went down to Florida, and then we went out to Southern California.
Dave came in with the idea of, “What if about if we took the word ‘heartbreak’ and then flipped it on its head and thought of it more as giving your heart a break.” The line was, “Taking a heart break summer,” and that’s kind of where it started.
We just were off to the races and gave it the very female-empowering message. It’s from a female’s perspective; I think it works both sides and should, because I love the concept of the lyric of just not jumping from one relationship to the next, but finding a stronger version of yourself before you hop into a relationship with someone else.
It brought in melody, harmony. It felt like growth for us from the standpoint of what it allowed us to do production-wise. It just was that song that we felt like we could craft the rest of the album around.
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