Keith Urban Looks Back on Young Love in New Single, ‘We Were’ [LISTEN]
Keith Urban takes listeners on a nostalgic ride back to younger, less complicated times in his new single, "We Were." Readers can press play above to hear it.
A week before the song's official release, the country star teased it by posting an in-studio snapshot to social media. Urban also debuted the track live earlier in the year, at an industry event during the 2019 Country Radio Seminar in mid-February.
"We were leather jackets hangin' onto a Harley / Two heartbeats in the moonlight / We were both feet hangin' out over the edge of a water tower skyline," Urban sings in the chorus, telling the story of a teenage romance and the freedom found there. "At least there's a little bit of sweet in the bitter / Though part of me is always gonna miss her / I am who I am / I just miss who I was when we were."
In a press release, Urban explains that he first gravitated toward the cinematic message of "We Were": "When I first heard "We Were," I not only heard it, but I saw it," he explains. "It made me feel something."
"The imagery is so strong -- a stamp on the back of a hand, a Saturday night cover band, the girlfriend (or boyfriend) we ran with and a fake ID (which, of course, I never had)," Urban continues. "So many of us can relate, or likely will relate, at some point!"
The song's imagery comes to life through the lyrics, and no wonder: "We Were" was co-written by country superstar Eric Church, along with Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde. Urban co-produced the track with frequent collaborator Dann Huff, who also contributed to albums such as Graffiti U and Ripcord.
"I like the idea that life just happens," Urban adds of the song's message. "At some point, in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it."
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