Happy Monday, y’all.
Today for the Song of the Week, we have a an oldie from Eric Church called “Where She Told Me To Go.”
From his 2009 second studio album Carolina, it’s a deep cut that stops me in my tracks every time I hear it.
A co-write by Eric and Casey Beathard, Eric details the heartbreak he’s feeling in the wake of a relationship from a girl he loved more than he even really realized himself before he ended things.
It’s a true country song in every sense with the simple production and top-notch lyrics, as he finds himself coming to the conclusion that, while he thought he was gaining all kinds of freedom and fun by letting her go, he’s actually pretty miserable in a place that feels a lot like hell… just like she predicted (and probably hoped for in the heat of the moment when she said it):
“I was looking for freedom
I was looking for a good time
I was looking for a little space
A little place that was mine, all mine
I was going with my change of heart
Wanted no part of forever
I was looking for a blessing
When I said baby it’s all for the better
Yeah, what do you know
I think I wound up where she told me to go”
Just beautiful imagery and honesty that made him a superstar in the country world.
Old school Eric Church does it for me every single time… there’s just somethin’ about it.
I mean, this really sums it up:
While it was never released as a single from this project like “Love Your Love the Most,” “Hell on the Heart,” and “Smoke a Little Smoke,” I’ve always felt like it was one of Eric’s best and deserves way more credit and attention in the scope of his vast and impressive catalog.
A certified banger, actually, if I may say so myself…
“Where She Told Me To Go”