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Miranda Lambert Shares the Moving Story Behind Blake Shelton Co-Write 'Over You'

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During an interview with Apple Music's Kelleigh Bannen, Miranda Lambert told the story behind "Over You," a No. 1 hit she co-wrote with her ex-husband, Blake Shelton.

A candid discussion about Shelton's older brother, Richie, dying in a car accident in 1990 at age 24 inspired the song.

"My ex-husband, Blake, had lost a brother, and it's one of those moments where even if you're married to someone, sometimes you find something new about them," Lambert said on Essentials Radio (as quoted by Billboard). "Dudes don't open up about things, but he started telling me about the experience of it all."

Lambert asked Shelton if he'd ever shared lingering feelings about Richie in lyrics.

"He was like, 'Well, my dad just says, 'You don't get over it. You just get used to it,''" Lambert recalled. "And I was like, 'Well, could we write it? Do you want to try or is that invasive?'"

Shelton agreed to write about his family's loss, with a catch. He didn't want to sing something so personal every night on tour, but he'd be happy to co-write something for Lambert's next album.

The end result appeared on Lambert's 2011 album Four the Record. It went on to top Billboard's Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts en route to winning both the CMA Awards and ACM Awards' song of the year.

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Beyond earning her fiscal and critical acclaim, the song allowed Lambert to help the Shelton family cope with unspeakable loss.

"It was really a special moment and I'm so glad we shared that song and that it helped his family heal, to have that together," Lambert added.

When Cassadee Pope won The Voice in 2012, her cover of "Over You" cracked the country music charts' Top 5.

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"Over You" Lyrics

Weather man said it's gonna snow
By now I should be used to the cold
Mid-February shouldn't be so scary

It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me

But you went away
How dare you?
I'll miss you
They say I'll be okay

But I'm not going to ever get over you

Living alone here in this place
I think of you, and I'm not afraid

Your favorite records make me feel better
'Cause you sing along

With every song
I know you didn't mean to give them to me
But you went away
How dare you?

I'll miss you
They say I'll be okay

But I'm not going to ever get over you

It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone
'Cause you went away
How dare you?
I'll miss you
They say I'll be okay
But I'm not going to ever get over you

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