Story Behind the Song: Cole Swindell, ‘Middle of a Memory’
Cole Swindell's single "Middle of a Memory" was written by Swindell with his good friend and frequent collaborator Ashley Gorley, and Zach Crowell. The song, which came about while the three men were listening to an entirely different Swindell tune, became the second single from Swindell's sophomore album, You Should Be Here. Below, Swindell recalls the day that "Middle of a Memory" was written.
It's one of my favorite songs on the album. We were trying to tie this into the Down Home Sessions, and there was a song on my Down Home Sessions called "Kiss;" that was the name of the song we were writing. The second verse says, “Girl, you left me here with half a beer / In the middle of the memory.” We just all three stopped and were like, "We have to write "Middle of a Memory."" So we just stopped writing that song and wrote “Middle of a Memory,” about that.
We didn’t want it to be too serious. The video is a different take on it; we didn’t mean to write it about the whole getting engaged and doing that thing, like the video shows. It’s just lighthearted, and one of those nights where you meet somebody, you’re into them, and it doesn’t work out; you realize what could have been, should have been. It’s one of my favorites ...
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