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Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’ – Lyrics Uncovered

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The lyrics to Eli Young Band‘s new single, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart,’ will hit home for dreamers and those pursing a career as a country music star. The song touches perfectly on all of the struggles faced when trying to get heard in Nashville, but that is expected since the tune was penned by two rising stars, country crooner Eric Paslay and singer-songwriter Will Hoge.

“We wrote this song in April of 2009,” Paslay tells Taste of Country of the lyrics. “I think it was the second time Will and I had ever written together. I usually just show up and see what happens [when I write with somebody], and I think it was the same with Will. I think every time we write, we see what finds us in the room that day and see what song shows up when we start talking about how we got to where we were.”

Downtown is where I used to wonder / Old enough to get there, but too young to get inside / So I would stand out on the sidewalk / Listen to the music playing every Friday night,” they penned as the lyrics of the second verse.

“Will’s been at it a lot longer than I have,” says Paslay, who is also a signed artist on Nashville’s Capitol Records. “I moved to Nashville when I was 20-years-old. I wasn’t even old enough to get into the clubs to play them. That [verse] was from my experience.”

Ohhh, I can hear ‘em playin’ / I can hear the ringin’ of a beat up ol’ guitar/ Ohhh, I can hear ‘em singin’ / Keep on dreamin’ even if it breaks your heart,” they wrote in the chorus of the song.

“It talks about musicians, but everybody has a dream,” notes Paslay, who is also a co-writer on the current Love and Theft single, ‘Angel Eyes,’ as well as Jake Owen‘s multi-week No. 1 hit ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night.’ “I don’t think a dream would be a dream if it was easy to catch. I think it’s worth reaching out and trying to get it, even if the world breaks you down … it’s worth fighting for.”

Listen to Eli Young Band, 'Even if It Breaks Your Heart'

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