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Lyrics Behind ‘Can’t Shake You’ Uncovered!

5 October 2012 No Comment

Gloriana‘s ‘Can’t Shake You’ lyrics and melody fit together like a hand and glove. However, that reality was almost not realized. Hit songwriter James T. Slater had the piano melody in his back pocket for nearly a year, but never found the perfect word marriage until he linked up with Gloriana’s Tom Gossin and fellow songwriter Stephanie Bentley.

“I was playing that [piano melody] for like six months to a year,” Slater explains to Taste of Country of putting ‘Can’t Shake You’ together. “I had already written another song. I had tried to write the lyrics myself around that, but I wasn’t happy with it. Then I got a call from Emblem Music — Tom’s record label. They were doing a Gloriana songwriting camp. We met down at Benchmark Studios. I was set up to write with Tom and Stephanie Bentley, who wrote ‘Breathe.’ I hadn’t seen Stephanie in a long time. I didn’t know her that well, but she’s a great girl. So we got set up, and then we went to my house.”

He continues, “For some reason, I thought of that [melody and song], and I said, ‘You know what, man … I don’t think the lyric I have on this thing is right.’ We sat around the grand piano, and we started working on it. I started playing that, and we all just fell into it real well and started writing it. It’s good when you’re writing for Gloriana because they have Rachel singing, too. So you’re always thinking girl-guy, and we obviously had Stephanie with us that day.” [Read More]

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