Montgomery Gentry, ‘If You Ever Stop Loving Me’ — Story Behind the Lyrics
The Boot sits down with veteran songwriter Bob DiPiero to talk about the inspiration behind the 2004 Montgomery Gentry No. 1 hit, ‘If You Ever Stop Loving Me,’ which he co-wrote with Rivers Rutherford and Tom Shapiro.
I think Rivers and Tom and I were totally in the same place when we sat down to write this song. We’re really unique individuals, and to have a wife and someone who gives day in and day out … we realized how lucky we are. I think we were all in that same universal space of “I’m all right, I’m OK, ain’t nothing but another day, but only God knows where I’d be if you ever stop loving me.”
I think it’s a strong man being vulnerable in that song. This is a guy saying all the hard things he’s been through and all the hard roads he’s been down. The heart and soul of that song is the truth. I can deal with anything, except you leaving me. That’s what I love about that song.
It’s rockin’ and, of course, for Montgomery Gentry it was the perfect match and the perfect fit … perfect timing and perfect record.