Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde inform two sides of the infidelity in “By no means Wished To Be That Lady” seems like Nashville
Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde released a powerful new duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” on Wednesday September 15th. The song, which will appear on Pearce’s new album 29: Written In Stone, tells the story of infidelity from two perspectives: that of the “other woman” and the woman.
Similar to Reba McEntire and Linda Davis in the duet “Does He Love You” in 1993, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” tells McBryde and Pearce their separate stories. McBryde, the “other woman” in the story, entered into a relationship with a man without knowing he was married. It was only after realizing his marital status that she felt profoundly guilty for the position she was in. Pearce, on the other hand, condemns her blindness to the fact that her husband was unfaithful. However, instead of turning their wickedness against each other, the two unsuspecting victims in the story simply regret their own situation.
“To be the other when there is someone else / God, that feels like hell / I thought I knew who I was, but it’s going to be hard to say / I never wanted to be that girl,” they both sing in the chorus.
“Nobody thinks it will ever happen to them,” said Pearce in an official press release. “You never see it coming, but there is always an explanation. You know who would ever want to think that about someone they love. Why would you And so this song started: the things you don’t see because you would never look. “
The lyrics of the song radiate the shame and disbelief of both parties, and the harmonies of Pearce and McBryde, accompanied by Dobro-heavy instrumentation, bring the message home. “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” was co-written by Pearce, McBryde, and Shane McAnally, and the singers say they got their bearings in the song’s story during the writing session.
“Ashley is such a great writer for the moment that she was able to bring the truth of the reality bomb to our work,” says Pearce. “She is fearless and understands human nature in a way that really makes us both write in pain when we realize we have been lied to by someone we’re intimate with.”
“Carly isn’t afraid to face the less drinkable issues,” adds McBryde. “As a writer, she is ready to interfere and be very honest. Writing this song with Shane strengthened our friendship and taught us more about each other and ourselves. Seriously, nobody wants to be the other woman. And when you find yourself … damn it. It’s such a belly blow. “
Pearce turns 29 to release Written In Stone this Friday, September 17th. The album will contain 15 tracks, including Pearce’s previous single “Next Girl”.