by Danielle Holian
Taylor Swift hasn’t forgotten her roots with her newest song as she wrote bitter break-up track ‘Better Man’ for country group Little Big Town on their latest record The Breaker.
The song opens: “I know I’m probably better off on my own / Than loving a man who didn’t know what he had when he had it / And I see the permanent damage you did to me / Never again, I just wish I could forget when it was magic.”
On Monday, the Grammy-nominated country group shared in a Facebook Live chat that the 1989 singer-songwriter wrote this new emotional heartfelt ballad showcasing once again her old Nashville roots and sound.
Lead singer Karen Fairchild stated in the live chat: “She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her and she thought of us because of the harmonies and she’s never pitched a song to anyone before and the moment that we heard it we were like, ‘man, that is a song that we’re gonna cut.’”
‘Better Man’ was released on October 20th and Fairchild has stated it was ‘really special’ to Swift. The song tells a story about a jealous ex-boyfriend, with lyrics like: “But your jealousy, I can hear it now / You’re talking down to me like I’ll always be around / You push my love away like it’s some kind of loaded gun / Boy, you never thought I’d run.”
Little Big Town, made up of Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Philip Sweet, expressed that Swift is a longtime friend and that they knew her back in high school.
On Tuesday, Swift took to Instagram to confirm she wrote ‘Better Man’ and showing her support for the group: “Feeling really honored that a band I’ve loved for so many years decided to record this song I wrote. Good luck at #cmaawards @littlebigtown !! Love you guys.”