Keith Urban is looking back on his younger, more simple days in his brand new single “We Were”.
Leather jackets, fake IDs and bar bands are all laid out in the latest single from the reigning CMA and ACM entertainer of the year.
A week before the official release, the Australian singer took to Instagram to give fans a glimpse of the ballad with an in-studio snapshot featuring lyrics overlaying the frame.
Written by Ryan Tyndell, Jeff Hyde and Eric Church, and co-produced by Dann Huff and Urban, the mid-tempo song looks back on the narrator who misses who he was back in the day but is satisfied with who he is now.
And of course, “We Were” looks back on the one that got away.
“You gotta let go of her, just wasn’t meant to be,” Urban sings on the track.
The song opens with guitar finger-picking, followed with three minutes of deep storytelling drawing from similar lyrics to “We Were Us”, his 2013 duet with Miranda Lambert.
The lyrics include: “We wore leather jackets hanging onto Harley / Two heartbeats in the moonlight / We were both feet hanging out over the edge of a water tower skyline / At least there’s a little bit of sweet in the bitter, though a part of me is always gonna miss her / I am who I am, I just miss who I was when we were.”
Urban explains of the single, “I like the idea that life just happens. At some point, whether in the moment or not, you just gotta go with it.”
“We Were” is expected to be the first single off Urban’s upcoming album and follows his latest singles “Never Comin’ Down” and “Coming Home” off his 10th studio album Graffiti U.