Sara Evans on How ‘Slow Me Down’ Became the Centerpiece of Her New Album

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By Annie Reuter

“A great, great, great song is hard to find,” Sara Evans told “There are a lot of good ones, but a great one is hard to find. I’m really particular about lyrics especially. Whatever song I’m recording, I need it to say something that moves me emotionally.”

And for Evans, whose seventh studio album Slow Me Down was released earlier this week, she found that “great” song in the record’s haunting title track.

“That song became the centerpiece of the whole album because it was my favorite song,” Evans says of “Slow Me Down.”

“There’s just something about it,” she continued. “It’s sad, but it’s also kind of mysterious. I just love how the girl in the song is so completely vulnerable because she’s saying, ‘I love you and I want to be with you, but I’m trying to tell you that these things need to change, and if they don’t, then I’ve got to leave. I’ve got to have that much self respect, and I have to walk away from the situation, but I hope that you won’t be able to live without me and that you’ll stop me from leaving.'”

In addition to “Slow Me Down,” the album also includes poignant duets with Vince Gill, Isaac Slade of The Fray and a cover of Gavin DeGraw‘s “Not Over You,” which features DeGraw on harmonies.

“What he did to it just took it to a whole other level,” Evans said of “Not Over You.” “It’s almost like he’s more emotional about my version than his own. It really takes you somewhere.”

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Evans admitted that she’s guarded in her songwriting, mostly because she has kids. “I want my children to be able to listen to every song that I write. Every single song is so important to me and always has been. I never want anybody to say, ‘That was just a throwaway song. She just put that on there because she needed another song.’ They’re all like my children.”

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