The Band Perry, ‘All Your Life’ – Lyrics Uncovered
The Band Perry‘s latest single, ‘All Your Life,’ is a tune that talks about innocence and romance in its lyrics, which is exactly the place where the song’s writer was coming from at that time in her life. The tune was penned by Clara Henningsen, who then brought in her father, Brian Henningsen, to finish. Clara and Brian are also two of the writers behind the band’s previous hit, ‘You Lie,’ which they wrote with Clara’s brother, Aaron.
“I wrote ‘All Your Life’ in the early summer of 2008 when I was 18-years-old,” Clara Henningsen tells Taste of Country. “I sat out on the porch of our old farm house south of Nashville and wrote most of the song. It started out to be just a sweet love song about a girl asking a boy to prove his love.”
“Would you walk to the edge of the ocean / Just to fill my jar with sand / Just in case I get the notion / To let it run through my hand / Let it run through my hand,” she wrote in the song’s opening lyrics.
“Then I brought dad into it and he added his little twist,” she explains. “Hence the bridge of the song.”
“Lately I’ve been writing desperate love songs / I mostly sing them to the wall / You could be the centerpiece of my obsession if you would notice me at all,” they wrote in the bridge of the song.
“It gives the song a little extra emotion when you realize that the relationship she sings about is imagined, not real,” notes Henningsen.
“Well, I don’t want the whole world / The sun and moon and all their light / I just want to be the only girl / You love all your life / You love all your life,” they wrote in the lyrics of the song’s chorus.
“We sang ‘All Your Life’ along with ‘You Lie’ live for the Band Perry the first time we met them later that summer,” she recalls. “Kimberly fell in love with it! We hadn’t even demoed the song at that point. They recorded it and started playing it, and soon after got their record deal. And the rest is history!”