What a song… HARDY did not mess around with this one.
He teamed up with the great Lainey Wilson for a fantastic duet of a new song called “Wait In The Truck,” which seems likely to be from a forthcoming album from Hardy, though nothing official has been announced.
The new song and video tells the story of a girl (played by Lainey) who’s being abused by her boyfriend, and when Hardy happens to come upon her on the side of the road at night, decides to take matters into his own hands and murder the man who caused “all the whiskey scars I hid.”
The lyrics are fantastic and honest, which is no surprise, seeing as Hardy’s one of the best writer’s in all of Nashville at the moment. He sings the verses and bridge and Lainey sings the chorus, and it’s a neat way to structure the ominous duet.
The duo spoke to The Tennessean about the importance of shining a light on topics like domestic violence. Lainey says she wants people who may have experienced it, or are currently going through it, to feel less alone:
“The topic isn’t talked about a lot; these are things that [often] happen behind closed doors. This one is going to start a conversation that a lot of people don’t want to have, but it is our job as artists to sing about things that people are [sometimes] scared to talk about.
Domestic abuse is a fragile subject, but I hope this song brings light to a situation that is more common than we’d like to admit. For the abusers, I hope this song haunts them.
For the victims, I hope they know they’re not alone.”
Written by Hardy along with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, Hardy agreed that he hopes this new track will shine a light on some of the darker realities of what people go through behind close doors:
“’Wait In The Truck,’ my next single, is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written – probably the best song I’ve ever written to be honest.
It hit me so hard the first time I heard the demo back, and no other song had done that before.
Very excited for the world to hear the song, excited for the song to give people a platform to maybe speak out about stuff that might be going on in their own homes.”
In the video, Hardy does wind up going to prison, but admits that:
“It’s been sixty months and she still comes To see me from time to time It was worth the price, to see a brighter side Of the girl I picked up that night And I might be here forever It ain’t paradise that’s true But it’s whole hell of a lot better Than the place I sent him to, yeah”
Chills… he outdid himself with this song.
It’s such a deep and dark concept, but it’s unfortunately very real for some people, and I think it’s going to be one we’re talking about for years to come.
And since it’s officially Hardy’s next single at country radio, there’s no question in my mind it will easily stand out there and promises to be a massive hit for him:
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text “START” (78278) to Crisis Text Line at 88788 if you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence.