Story Behind the Song: Maren Morris, ‘I Could Use a Love Song’
“I Could Use a Love Song” is the third single from Maren Morris‘s No. 1 debut album Hero. The song, co-written by Morris, began with a literal need for a tune to finish out her freshman record — but, as often happens in writing sessions, especially in Nashville, “I Could Use a Love Song” became so much more. It is now one of Morris’s favorite songs.
Below, Morris shares the story behind “I Could Use a Love Song” with The Boot and other reporters.
I had already gone through a breakup, and I finished the bulk of my album. And so, I was writing with my friends Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins here in Nashville. We were at Midtown [Sound Studio], [Robbins’] studio at the time.
They were asking me, literally, “What else do you need on this album?” I said, “You know, everything’s not about love. I wasn’t really going through that I guess, so everything is pretty centered, and the point of view is from my own. It’s not a heartbreak record totally.” And they were like, “But you could use a love song on the record?”
And then we all got back and were like, “I Could Use a Love Song” is a really cool title. We wrote it really quickly, because it was one of those, you just grab it from the sky, and you hope everything makes sense, and you don’t miss anything. But it really came out of a conversation and an actual question.
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