Lyrics Uncovered: Rachel Wammack, ‘Damage’
Rachel Wammack's "Damage" lyrics detail the ups and downs of love.
It's not a new concept, but it's a unique introduction for this newcomer. Wammack wrote "Damage" with the iconic Tom Douglas and David Hodges, and it was born during a standard Nashville-style songwrite.
"I didn't have an idea for the day," the newcomer tells Taste of Country, recalling her scheduled writing session with Douglas and Hodges. "I got there 30 minutes early, and when I got there I was just chilling out and my friend texted me and said, 'Do some damage.' The story evolved from that moment."
Wammack recalls trying to write the song on her own in her car before getting into the room with her co-writers. But when she got there, Douglas told her he didn't believe in what she was saying. He pushed her further.
"He was like, 'What does damage mean to you?' And I told him, 'Well, I bartend from four to eleven right now, after I get done writing, and I've been burdened for people and I see that love can do a lot of damage ... And that's a song,'" she says, remembering what she told him. "And he said, 'Yup, that's our song.'"
The trio got down to business creating little vignettes from the stories Wammack has heard and the people she's met during her time bartending. One line in particular struck a chord with Wammack and she knew it had to make it into the "Damage" lyrics: "Love's always been the same in any language."
"That's my favorite line of the song. I watched when Kristin Chenoweth was doing pageants, I had a past life in pageants, and someone was asking her a question and her answer was, 'I love music because it surpasses language. Anybody can feel music,'" she says. "But I think love is the same way. I think love surpasses language. And honestly, reality. I think if people really listen to that, they'll see love in a deeper way."
Several of Wammack's past hotel bar pals have heard the song and keep in touch with her, telling her how neat it is that they were a part of something great. Wammack says it was important to release "Damage" as her first single because it's a real story.
"I love real songs and I love real stories. Not that the rest of the songs aren't real, but this one is real for a lot of people," she explains. "And, I think it makes sense to be a song that would be released to all kinds of people."
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