Country star Eric Church and songwriters Luke Dick and also Jeff Hyde were all on the very same page when it involved writing Church"s 2015 track "Kill a Word," in i m sorry the nation outsider desire he might obliterate "evil," "lies" "fear" and more.

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In a conversation through Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters association International, Dick and also Hyde told the story behind "Kill a Word."

Bart Herbison: just how did this song gain written?

Luke Dick: Hyde, execute you desire to tell a story?

Jeff Hyde: I"ll let you go.

LD: Hyde and I have actually a standing create (writing session) every two weeks, and he to be on his method over. The was when I very first moved back to town. Ns was below maybe a year, and also I had this location ... In ~ one point it to be "If I can kill one word" and I couldn"t call what that was. I had attempted it and also failed, however then I just switched "one" to "a." climate it came to be something the I might wrap mine head around. And also I had a tiny acoustic guitar line top top this 12 string (guitar), which sounded unique, and also Hyde sat down. I simply played and what ns had, which to be the very first verse v the refrain, "If I can only death a word" and Hyde said, "That"s that"s pretty distinctive … dang, that"s really exterior the box".


JH: That sounds prefer something I"d say. Well then the turned around and — he"s a mad scientist you recognize — he started working on his (music) track and everything. Say thanks to God something involved my mind. I pieced part words together and came up through a second verse. Then we had actually a very first and 2nd verse the we placed together and sent come Eric, right?


LD: i think we took a having lunch break and sent it to Arturo and also Eric and they responded immediately. (They said) "Well, we obtained to compose this together." Eric come over with the full chorus intact.

BH: Wow.

LD: That was, ns think, probably the only song that I"ve composed that way, where it wasn"t, girlfriend know, piecemeal line to to heat to …(Eric) came up v that and also then us all kind of woodshedded the critical verse together. That was the only real synthesis.

JH: Putting that puzzle together.

BH: So how excited to be (Eric) around the song? climate I have actually a collection of questions about how that became a single.

LD: You know, i felt like it to be special, but you never ever know. The doesn"t matter how special you feel or you think miscellaneous is, there"s therefore many opinions and also judgments that get passed on come the thing prior to it makes it to somebody"s ears. The first step is gaining it written, and getting something you care about written, and also then the following is, "Are girlfriend going to obtain on the record or not?"

I wouldn"t call it junky, yet it"s no a an elaborate guitar that ns had, this old Ibanez that my uncle provided me. Jay"s studio is a block and also a half away, so I just picked increase the guitar and also walked down the street, then went in there and also got bossed around and left.

BH: I think that track would have been essential at any kind of time because there"s constantly injustices walking on in the world. Yet ... Ns think over there is a difference between (having) a message and (being) political, but any kind of record label, specifically in our format, needs to worry about how it"s going to be perceived politically. For this reason I"m glad this song acquired released since I"m sure there were meetings about, "Do we carry out it because that those factors or don"t we?" But the track was just too good to be denied. What carry out you hear about it?


LD: I don"t feel prefer injustice is political at all. I mean, it"s just an inherent issue.

JH: It"s a human being condition.

LD: I was out last weekend touring through my indie rock band and opening because that the Cadillac Three and it really brings it home when you"re the end there in the public. Together songwriters, you can write a song and also it method something come you, you obtain excited around it, climate you create a hundred more. Things get hidden in your own consciousness because it was a long time ago. Yet then going the end on the road, and there are civilization waiting to obtain in come go see the Cadillac Three and maybe they understand you or perhaps they don"t. Climate (there’s) the guy standing the end there talking around Kill A Word and also wanting come talk around that song.

JH: That"s cool.

LD: And wanting to talk about other songs, and you see just how much the an influence they in reality have. Ns can"t decide if it provides me think around if I need to worry around songs more or worry about them less, due to the fact that songs space that powerful.

JH: Well, my mommy said that was one of the finest songs she"s ever before heard.

LD: You never told me that.

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BH: She didn"t mention him though, walk she? This is a chance for you come mess with him, Jeff, come on!

JH: She said, "Especially the second verse." Yeah. But she claims that around all mine songs.


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In partnership with Nashville Songwriters combination International, "Story Behind the Song" attributes Nashville-connected songwriters pointing out one of their compositions.