OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban Talks About “Without You”

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If you live anywhere near Nashville and love Keith Urban, you’ll definitely want to check out the new issue of Nashville Lifestyles magazine. He is the big story, and it covers everything about the making of his latest album, Get Closer. But my favorite part of the story is at the end when he talks about what I consider the best song on the record, “Without You.” It’s one he didn’t write, but because he’s such a good guy, he gives credit where credit is due. It was written by Dave Pahanish and Joe West, and Urban tells the magazine, “It really is my life story. It’s crazy — the fast cars and the guitars and the little girl coming along. It’s an amazing song, and I would have never allowed myself to write it.” The lyrics paint a picture of how traveling, singing, cars and guitars mean nothing without you. And there’s even a point in the song where Urban sings, “Along comes a baby girl, and suddenly my little world just got a whole lot bigger/People that I barely knew, love me ’cause I’m part of you/Man, it’s tough to figure.” I remember when the album came out, Urban told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s the most autobiographical song I never wrote. I’m pretty sure if I’d tried to write that, I would have filled it with metaphors and analogies, whereas this is perfectly sound and beautifully put.”