Song of the Day #5,028: ‘Joey’ – Sugarland

For a little while, in the mid-2000s, Sugarland was kind of a big deal. The country pop duo (initially a trio, but third member Kristen Hall left the band after their debut record) released five albums between 2004 and 2010, landing three in Billboard’s top ten and two at #1. Four of those albums went Platinum or multi-Platinum, and the band landed five #1 singles on the country chart and four more at #2.

Then, in 2011, the band played the Indiana State Fair, where high winds caused an outdoor stage to collapse, killing seven people and injuring 45 others. Subsequent lawsuits were settled to the tune of $39 million (paid by the band, concert promoter Live Nation, and 16 other defendants).

Less than a year later, the band went on hiatus. Lead singer Jennifer Nettles got married and had a child, while guitarist Kristian Bush pursued a solo career.

The band reunited in 2018 to release a sixth album, titled Bigger.

Today’s track comes from 2008’s Love On the Inside, one of Sugarland’s most successful albums and the one I know best. ‘Joey’ is a song about a teen romance derailed by a fatal car accident.

[Verse 1]
What if I said yes
What if I’d gone out that night
What if you’d turned left
Everything would’ve turned out alright
What if I’d spoke up
What’d if I’d took the keys
What if I had tried a little harder instead of always trying to please

[Chorus]
Joey I’m so sorry
Ohh can you hear me
Joey I’m so sorry

[Verse 2]
What if I’d said no
What if we’d never fell in love
What if we’d gone slow
Or a little be faster and broken up
Would I know this hurt
Would I feel this pain
Do you know that with all i have left in my very last breath i will call your name

[Chorus]
Joey I’m so sorry
Ohh can you hear me
Joey I’m so sorry

[Verse 3]
Were you sad
Were you scared
Did you wish for a prayer to be free
Was it quiet and cold
Was it light or too dark to see
And did you reach for me

[Outro]
Joey I’m so sorry
Ohh can you hear me?
Joey I’m so sorry
Ohh, can you hear me?
Joey I’m so
Joey I’m so sorry

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,028: ‘Joey’ – Sugarland

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Such a sad song, particularly if it is autobiographical.

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