Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You’ – Lyrics Uncovered
In a recent interview with People Country, Miranda Lambert breaks down the inspiration behind the ‘Over You’ lyrics, her most recent chart-topping hit. Lambert wrote the tune with her superstar husband Blake Shelton, putting ink to paper to tell the moving story of his older brother Richie’s death.
“[The hook of the song] came from something Blake’s dad said,” notes Lambert. “He said, ‘You don’t ever get over it, you just get used to it.’ The hurt passes, but you don’t ever get over it.”
“Weather man said it’s gonna snow / By now I should be used to the cold / Mid-February shouldn’t be so scary / It was only December / I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me,” they wrote in the opening verse.
“After Richie died, Blake said Christmas wasn’t fun for a long time because of all the memories — the presents and the time together, and then it all just going black in your mind,” Lambert explains of the ‘Over You’ lyrics. “The melody Blake was playing sounded like winter to me, so I just threw [those] lines out [about it being mid-February].”
“Cause you went away / How dare you? / I miss you / They say I’ll be OK / But I’m not going to ever get over you,” they wrote in lyrics to the emotional chorus.
“When Blake said [the line 'How dare you?'], we both just started crying,” recalls Lambert. “This line changed my whole perspective of the song. I never lost anybody that close to me, so I didn’t realize the anger. You hear about the hurt and the sadness, but you’re mad too!”
“Living alone, here in this place / I think of you, and I’m not afraid / Your favorite records make me feel better / Cause you sing along / With every song / I know you didn’t mean to give them to me,” they continued in the lines for the second verse.
“Blake would always drive around with his brother singing along to Randy Travis and Hank Jr.,” Lambert said of the inspiration behind the verse which is based around music. “Blake’s dad gave him all of Richie’s tapes, and Blake would just listen to them and hear Richie’s voice. We laughed when we wrote [the last line in that verse] because Blake was like, ‘Richie would’ve been so pissed I got all those records!’”
“It really sinks in / You know / When I see it in stone,” Shelton and Lambert wrote in the heart-stopping bridge.
“This is the line where people who thought this was a song about a love gone bad realize [it's about someone who died],” says Lambert. “It all becomes clear.”