Story Behind the Song: Lanco, ‘Greatest Love Story’
In late 2017, Lanco scored their first No. 1 hit with their single "Greatest Love Story," a song from their freshman EP, titled, appropriately, Extended Play. The song, written by the band's lead singer, Brandon Lancaster, is, at least partly, true to his life: It's inspired by Lancaster's now-wife, Tiffany Trotter.
Below, Lancaster shares with The Boot the story behind "Greatest Love Story."
I wrote that a few years ago. It started out as a story that was a bit of my life.
Actually, the first few lines of the song -- “They said I was nothing but a troublemaker ...,” that first verse -- I didn’t know if it would be a chorus. I had that line that was kind of my life: troublemaker and the all-American girl.
As I started writing it, I kind of started reflecting on some of my experiences: I’m married now. I had been dating my wife since I was 19, so it wasn’t necessarily high school. We had been together a long time, and took some time apart and broke up and got back together.
The foundation of the song was from my life. I took some stories and some characters from my experiences growing up in Smyrna, [Tenn.], and some friends I had, a little bit of their story, and kind of put it all into one song. It’s cool, because it’s an ode to songwriting being both experiencing and observing, so that song has both of those things in it.
Love is about compromise, and it’s about meeting each other in the middle and learning about each other and learning about yourself through that person. One thing that’s cool is, I think, now that I’m married -- “Greatest Love Story” is kind of about the story of that journey of finding love and finding that person, but now, being married, it’s the beginning of another story, the beginning of another chapter. It’s the end of one chapter, the beginning of the other, from a songwriting perspective.
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