Eric Church, ‘Love Your Love the Most’ — Story Behind the Song
Eric Church's sixth career single, 'Love Your Love the Most,' was his first Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts. Church and Michael P. Heeney co-wrote the song, the first single from Church's 'Carolina' record. Church released the tune in February 2009; below, he tells The Boot about how the track came to be.
I was watching a football game one day, drinking a beer, sitting around in my PJs. My wife had read somewhere some quote about me hating love songs. She asked me out of curiosity, "Why is that?" I told her that when people come to my shows, our crowds are very much fists-in-the-air, beer-in-the-air kind of crowds. Normally the guys have their fists up, and they're singing along, and the girls are on their shoulders doing the same thing. I find when I play a ballad, the fists go down, the beer goes down. So it's always hard to write a song that's considered a love song and keep that anthem quality.
As I was sitting there watching a football game with a beer in my hand, the idea came to me. I thought, maybe there's a way to do this and make it work. I ended up finishing the song a week later in Texas, when we were playing a show there. I really just wrote about what I saw. I wrote about the people -- about the girls that were on the guys shoulders, and what they had in common with each other.
It turned into a song that became what I set out for it to be. When we started playing it, the fists stayed in the air, the beer stayed in the air.
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