Carrie Underwood Reveals the One Line She Refused to Cross in New Song ‘Drinking Alone’
In her latest song “Drinking Alone,” country music star Carrie Underwood got to show off a sexier side of herself that her fans rarely get to see. In a new interview, however, Underwood revealed the one line she steadfastly refused to cross with the song.
Underwood teamed up with songwriters David Garcia and Brett James to write a song that told the story of a woman drinking away her sorrows at a bar, only to be joined by a hunky stranger for a flirtatious evening of “drinking alone, together.” While both the song and the accompanying music video are full of sex appeal, Underwood said she was adamant that she didn’t want their encounter to end in the obvious manner.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want her like going home with him,'” she says in an interview with her record label, UMG Nashville. “I don’t want any of that. I just want it to be like, ‘Okay we’ll just hang out. We’ll drink. We’ll maybe share a corner booth kiss.’”
Underwood added that the man and the woman in the song were never meant to be together, however fleetingly.
“It’s just more about that night and that moment and that Band-Aid and then going your separate ways,” she explained. “Like, ‘This isn’t a thing. I’m not looking to start a new relationship. I’m out of this one. Let’s just let whatever this is be what this is right now.’”
The songwriters ended up making this clear in the opening of the song, which goes:
“Let me make one thing clear / You can buy me a beer / But you ain’t taking me home / No pick-up lines / I came here tonight / To shed a few tears on my own.”
“I had the title, and we just kind of started, ‘What does this mean?'” Underwood continued. ” … I feel like the title could have gone to a very like sad emotional place, but me being me, I still wanted to have that strong kind of character in there. So, I love the fact that this is a breakup song. ‘I’m here at the bar drinking my pain away. You and me can hang out. Why should we both be lamenting over lost love separately? We’re both here doing the same thing. Let’s just do that together.’”