May 25

“Babe”: Sugarland, Taylor Swift Collaboration 2018


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Photo Credits: wdez.com

What a shame
Didn’t wanna be the one that got away, yeah
Big mistake, broke the sweetest promise
That you never should have made
I’m here on the kitchen floor
You call, but I won’t hear it
You said no one else, how could you do this, babe?

Song Background

Recorded by American country music duo Sugarland, “Babe” is one of the latest songs of the duo. Interestingly, it features the guest vocals of country-pop singer & songwriter Taylor Swift.

The song was originally penned by Swift herself with Patrick Monahan of Train for Swift’s 2012 album Red.

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Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush) and Taylor Swift. Photo Credits: billboard.com

On April 20, 2018, “Babe” was released by Big Machine Records. It was the second single from the upcoming sixth studio album of Sugarland titled Bigger.

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Pat Monahan revealed that he first talked about the song in 2013. According to him, he asked Taylor Swift about collaborating on a song for Train’s next album. In response, Swift asked Monahan to co-write a song for her album, Red. Both then worked together and penned what “Babe” is now. However, the song was not included on the album.

More of an acoustic, mid-tempo country and pop ballad, “Babe” is about breaking up from a loved one. According to Rolling Stones Brittney McKenna, the “foot-stomping” song bears a resemblance to Swift’s Speak Now era. Nettles handles the lead vocals while Swift contributes to the song’s backing vocals, which can be heard echoing in the chorus and the bridge. Lyrically, the song addresses a former lover. (Wikipedia)

Sugarland-Swift Collaboration

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Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) and Taylor Swift performing on stage together. Photo Credits: imack.co

Following the failure of the song to make it to Swift’s album, “Babe” then caught the attention of the duo. Released on April 12, “Babe” is the only song not co-written by Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland. In addition, it is also the second song that Swift has penned for a country act since crossing over to the pop genre in 2014. It is also her first country song which she is credited as an artist since that time. (Wikipedia)

At the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, Sugarland told reporters backstage that the collaboration between the duo and the country-pop star came about when the latter asked them about the idea. Interestingly, Swift admits that she is a Sugarland fan. She talked to them about her desire to work with them.

Sugarland’s Thoughts

Kristian Bush (of Sugarland) said:

 “She was gracious enough to reach out to us when she heard we were coming back together and doing a record. She said, ‘I have a song, would you like to do it?’ And we said, ‘Uh, yeah!’ I was a little anxious. I didn’t want to mess it up!”

The other half of Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles, added:

“But she loved it and wanted [us] to be a part of it, which is exciting. She said, ‘I have a song,’ and we said, ‘Okay. Send it over.'”

For the duo, it was an unusual arrangement since they have never featured other artists on the past albums.

“So we weren’t really used to sorting through that and we didn’t want to mess it up. We didn’t tell anybody about it until we got finished and she liked it, thank God.”

On the other hand, Swift took to Instagram about the collaboration expressing her delight that the song “gets its own life” and “Sugarland wanted to record it and has done such a great job with it”.

Listen to Sugarland’s “Babe” featuring Taylor Swift below:

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