Lady A‘s Charles Kelley has made his decision to bid farewell to alcohol public through “As Far As You Could,” a new song he released on Friday (December 23).
“For me, the biggest word I’ve been holding on to is gratitude, not pride,” Kelley said in a press release. “I’m grateful. I finally see the light and am connecting with what life is all about.”
“Some days are hard, but the good so outweighs those bad moments,” he continued. “There’s some beauty in all this and I’ve had time to reflect, time to get healthy, time to write. I’ve probably written 50 songs this fall, and I feel like all of it was leading to this one song.”
Kelley, Dave Haywood and Jimmy Robbin co-wrote and produced the song, which is described as “a goodbye letter to alcohol.”
In the song’s chorus, Kelley sings about putting an end to his unhealthy habit. “‘Cause you took me high, but you sure as hell brought me down / We said goodbye, but I’m gonna see you around,” he sings. “And to tell the truth, I thought I never would / But it’s time I finally put you down for good / ‘Cause you’ve taken me as far as you could.”
“We were almost afraid that if we put a bunch of vocals on it, that might take away from the pain and authenticity of that singular vocal,” Kelley said. “Hillary [Scott] especially felt it was important for me to tell my story…With their blessing, I’m putting this out, but it will live right alongside everything else we do.”
(Photo: Hodges Usry)
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