When I first listened to the tune, I was bopping my head along to the beat, started thinking about the lyrics I was hearing and thought, “Wow! This is solid advice. And these words are kind of breaking my heart.”
During a recent chat at CMT’s offices in Nashville, Evans assured me it was a normal reaction to the single.
“It’s sad,” she admitted. “It’s a breakup song. But that’s what I love about it, and what I think is so creative about it is that the music is happy almost and that the melody is happy.”
But those lyrics cut like a knife! As a woman, I have to say I loved it. Heck, I’ve been in that situation before — the one so beautifully described in the song where a lover puts his or her heart in dangerous hands and has to face the consequences. And there’s great comfort in hearing that someone else has been there, too.
And for Evans, that was just one of the many draws of the song.
“There’s such a place for this type of music for these types of songs,” she said. “Women love to hear about their heartache, what’s going on with them. It’s funny because ’Slow Me Down’ and ’Put My Heart Down’ are both songs that … the author, the one singing the song is strong.”
True, but both her last hit single and this current release are also different in their own ways, too. Still, they carry that important message of inner strength.
“’Slow Me Down’ is saying, ’If you won’t change, if you won’t do right by me, then hurry up and slow me down’ — meaning just walk away from me,” Evans said. “This is not good.
“Same with ’Put My Heart Down’ but in a different way. She’s being a smart girl, saying, ’I can tell this love is bad for me. So just put my heart down because right now, you’re holding my heart in your hands, and it’s so fragile.'”
That’s a scary place to be, but there’s also a delight in that danger.
“She’s seeing signs that are not good — warning signs — but it’s also fun to keep it going for a while,” Evans chuckled.