OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina to Sing Carrie Underwood's "Eighteen Inches"

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There are 12 songs on Lauren Alaina's debut country album, including one Alaina co-wrote, "Funny Thing About Love," and another that Carrie Underwood actually co-wrote, "Eighteen Inches." Alaina told USA Today the young-love ballad reminds her of her good friend, even though she didn't write it. "She got married when she was 17, and she had a baby. And they moved here, to Nashville. Her husband's is going to college and has a full-time job, and she stays at home with the baby, and she doesn't know anyone here," she said. "She moved here to support him. That's, like, the story of that song." The bittersweet lyrics paint a picture of two teenagers running away to California and how when you're young and in love, you might do some things that don't seem all that smart -- "'cause there ain't no greater distance than the 18 inches from your head to your heart." Alaina's fans will have to wait until her Wildflower on Oct. 11 to hear songs.

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