After a couple of long years, Brett Eldredge is depicting simpler times in his latest track, “Want That Back.”
The Illinois native sings of rich memories and times that he misses and would give the world for. Co-written with Scooter Carusoe and produced by Mark Trussell, “Want That Back” covers small talk, feeling of hate and pain, social media rabbit holes, and the news that infiltrates your mind with fear. Just like the lyricism, the song’s instrumentation is composed of uncomplicated keys and Eldredge’s angelic articulation. The first verse couldn’t be broken down anymore as the chorus embraces sentiment even harder.
“But the smell of old wood bleachers and a word of hometown preacher / Being rich was her and a cheap six-pack / Yeah, the shine of a new summer / Barefoot baseball with my brother / First-time freedom with the windows cracked / I want that back.”
Eldredge shares that the chorus came to him in the middle of the night, “I woke up at 3:33 one night and was feeling the weight of everything going on in the world. From the pandemic to the hate and the violence – all these different things made me crave the pure and simple parts of life that I miss. I was looking for comfort in these moments that I feel bring purpose into my life. It was just such a powerful feeling that overtook me and I couldn’t go back to sleep until I wrote the whole chorus.”
“Want That Back” follows Eldredge’s Christmas Eve’s surprise “Holy Water.” “Holy Water” envelope’s that same candor and pure simplicity.
Eldredge speaks, “To me, ‘Holy Water’ represents the cleansing of the spirit. You can find it in ways by recognizing the love for yourself, for being there for yourself, and protecting that inner child. This is a huge power that we all have and it exists deep down in our hearts. You can also find it through someone who is there for you through every up and down through the walk of life. They are your holy water. Whatever your beliefs are, you can go to a spiritual place – and hopefully, this song can take you there. Recording this was incredibly vulnerable for me, and the production from Dave Cobb is fantastic.”
This isn’t the first time that the world found the singer + songwriter longing for easier times; especially times with less technology. In 2019, the country star traded in his Apple products for a flip phone for a few months and documented his times with a Polaroid.
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