Carrie Underwood recently revealed why she doesn’t sing love songs.
Underwood stopped by Amazon’s Country Heat Weekly podcast hosted by Kelly Sutton and Amber Anderson, explaining that she’d rather “kill a dude than talk about how much [she] loves them.”
Sutton told Underwood that she now has enough material for a collection of “Carrie Strikes Back” revenge songs, which prompted Underwood to share why she’s not apt to sing about love.
“You know what I don’t have, though? Love songs,” Underwood said. “I don’t sing love songs. I would rather kill a dude than talk about how much I love them,” she explained. “It’s true. I just love the strong character that doesn’t take anything from anybody. And even if it’s kind of in a different way, like you think about “Ghost Story,” you know she’s not doing anything to get revenge on this guy. It’s just like, ‘I’m just telling you that you’re gonna want me back and I’m not gonna be there.’”
“It writes itself,” Sutton responded.
“If you’ve been done wrong, I got you,” Underwood agreed.
In addition, Underwood shared how her new single, “Ghost Story” from her new album, Denim & Rhinestones, came to be.
“I’ve been writing a lot over the past year and some people that I work with – David Garcia, whose co-producer is Hillary Lindsey, I’ve been working with her since day one, and Josh Kear, who of course wrote “Before He Cheats,” he wrote “Two Black Cadillacs,” he wrote “Blown Away.” So the three of them got together and they were specifically wanting to write a song for me because I’d been writing with all of them anyway. So they got together and did that,” Underwood said.
“It’s very well-written, the lyrics are very cool. When you hear “Ghost Story,” you’re like, “what is that? What does it mean?” And the take on it is like, “I’m going to haunt you. You broke it off, I’ve moved on, I’m fine, but my memory is not going to leave you.” So it’s metaphorical, “I’m going to be your ghost story, I’ll be haunting you, you’ll be wanting me.” So it’s very well-written, but I feel like the music is kind of what really sucked me in.” she continued.
Underwood also explained that she was drawn to the song because it sounded “different” from what’s currently on country radio.
“Of course those three would get together and write incredible lyrics, but I felt like it just sounded different from anything that’s on the radio. I felt like their chord choices were interesting. Hillary was singing on the demo. So whenever she’s singing, I feel like I can automatically kind of hear myself in it because we have about the same range. So I just felt like “wow, this could be kind of epic.” It’s very cinematic, it’s very dramatic, and I like those things,” she explained.
Underwood’s new album, Denim & Rhinestones, was released on June 10 via Capitol Records/UMG Nashville.