Story Behind the Song: Billy Currington, ‘Let Me Down Easy’
In late 2010, Billy Currington released "Let Me Down Easy" as the second single from his Enjoy Yourself album. The song became Currington's fourth consecutive and sixth career No. 1 song in the spring of 2011.
Singer and songwriter Jennifer Hanson co-wrote "Let Me Down Easy" with Marty Dodson and Mark Nesler. Below, she share the story behind the song with The Boot.
It was one of those magical days when the three of us wrote this song. I had the idea of "Let Me Down Easy" in my notebook for some time. I threw out the idea to Mark and Marty, and they both loved it immediately.
The three of us really pulled our creative ideas together: Mark came up with a fantastic melody that set the tone for the song and the direction we wanted to go. Marty really helped out with the lyrics by putting a cool spin on the idea, with "If I fall, let me down easy."
We wanted to write a lyric that showed vulnerability but, at the same time, be said in a manly way, [because] we wrote the song with Billy in mind, never dreaming he would actually cut it and put it out as a single! Usually when you sit down and write for a particular artist, it never turns out the way you want it to, but this time, it did.
After we wrote it, the song was demoed. The day I turned "Let Me Down Easy" into my publisher, it went on hold for Billy, and he cut it within a month. Everything was so perfect.
This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.