Nashville

David Mead Cover | Bonus Track | Speak Now: World Tour Live (2011)

“Nashville” is a song written by American country singer David Mead. Taylor performed it during a 2011 concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and later released it as a bonus track on the Target edition of her live album Speak Now: World Tour Live. The record consists of songs and performances recorded on various tour dates around the world from her “Speak Now World Tour“.
Many songs have been written about breakups, makeups, and second chances with the reoccurring theme of all roads pointing back to Nashville. But David Mead’s ode to Music City has a quiet, nostalgic feel to it, which Taylor liked. Before she covered the song in concert, she shared on Twitter, “I have ‘Nashville’ by David Mead stuck in my head.” Singing the song, she treats it with delicate respect.

Background and Lyrical Theme

David Mead told American Songwriter in 2011 that he wrote “Nashville” in 2002. It was a farewell salute to one chapter of his life and an admission of complete ignorance regarding the next. He started it on a 20-hour, amphetamine-fueled drive in a U-Haul from Brooklyn to Nashville via Pittsburgh and finished it a few months later on a train between Rhinecliff, NY and Manhattan.

He said it was a little odd, nine years later, to hear Taylor making “Nashville” her own, since he thought he had very little in common with her. His experience with the song had always been very intimate, very small. He had thought of it as the kind of words that might be spoken softly during a midnight phone call. It never occurred to him that it might serve as a rallying cry for an arena full of people: “A song is defined by its singer. Unlike paintings, buildings or sculptures, songs don’t fully exist in static form. The words and notes written on a page are only part of the work; the rest of it is the experience shared between the song’s interpreter and an audience. The identity of the song changes with each new performance, and this constant state of flux extends its lifespan. This is why music is a living, breathing art form: It requires engagement to achieve relevance.”

«I don’t know Taylor Swift, but she seems like a pretty extroverted person who happens to possess a gift for expressing very intimate emotions in a way to which a large number of people can relate. This is rare. As I watched her performance of “Nashville,” I felt, among other things, a sense of relief that she had taken it upon herself to perform it to so many people. I doubt I would have ever had the chutzpah to attempt such a thing.»

David Mead

Lyrics

Written by David Mead

[Verse 1]
On a crowded highway, through a night alone
I was barely breathing, I was crawling home
Well, it’s quite not London, or the south of France, or an Asian Island
Or a second chance

[Chorus 1]
Going back to Nashville
Thinking ’bout the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I’m a fast train blowin’ through a valley
Watching all my life go by

[Verse 2]
You’re a distant memory, you’re an exit sign
I was talking crazy on the drivers side
And I know I hurt you, but I can’t confess
Was that blood or a wine stain on your wedding dress?

[Chorus 1]
Going back to Nashville
Thinking ’bout the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I’m a fast train blowin’ through a valley
Watching all my life go by

[Chorus 2]
Going back to Nashville
Laughing at a bad break
What’s the use of wondering why?
Maybe I’m a storm front blowin’ through a valley
Tearing up a good July

[Bridge]
And it’s safe and warm
Where nothing ever happens
Could it be so hard to realign a star or two?
Change a southern night for you

[Chorus]
Going back to Nashville
Thinking ’bout the whole thing
Guess you gotta run sometimes
Maybe I’m a fast train blowin’ through a valley
Watching all my life go by

[Chorus 2]
Going back to Nashville
Laughing at a bad break
What’s the use of wondering why?
Maybe I’m a storm front blowin’ through a valley
Tearing up a good July

[Outro]
Going back to Nashville
I’m going back to Nashville
Going back to Na-yeah
Going back to Nashville
What’s the use of wondering why?

General Information
AlbumSpeak Now: World Tour Live
ReleasedNovember 21, 2011
RecordedSeptember 17, 2011
VenueBridgestone Arena (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length5:05
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterDavid Mead
ProducerTaylor Swift
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