Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has released “Who You Thought I Was,” the first taste of her third studio album, Your Life is a Record.
On the breezy song, the country singer recalls her youth and how her priorities have changed as she’s grown up. “I used to wanna be Elvis / Drive a pink Cadillac car / That’s why I learned to play the guitar / I used to wanna be Elvis / There’s a lot of things I used to wanna do ’til I met you,” she sings.”
“The seed of the song came from something that John Prine said a couple of years ago at the Americana Awards,” Clark said in a press statement. “He walked out on stage… and everyone stood up and clapped for what felt like five minutes. When everyone sat down, he said with a little laugh, ‘Well, I’m John Prine, but I’d like to go back to being who you thought I was.’ Man… that hit me.”
“The songwriter in me instantly knew it was a song and the heart in me knew,” she added. “It was how I had felt in my own life many times. I mean who of us hasn’t let somebody down or wanted to be the version of ourselves that someone who loved us thought we were?”
Your Life is a Record will feature collaborations with legendary songwriter Randy Newman and John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne. The record, the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Big Day in a Small Town, is due out March 6.
Listen to “Who You Thought I Was” here: