Say What? – Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood 09As reported by Billboard, Carrie Underwood’s response to being offered a free copy of Miranda Lambert’s new album, Revolution:

No. I’m going to buy it.

Gotta love that!

Billboard’s been previewing some new tracks from Underwood’s upcoming third album, Play On. I’ve found “Temporary Home” and “Mama’s Song” to be far more promising previews of the new set than lead single “Cowboy Casanova.”

Check out the entire interview with Underwood here.


  1. That’s pretty cool. She said the same thing about Patty Loveless’ Sleepless Nights album when offered an advanced copy.

  2. “Temporary Home” will also be available for purchase on iTunes starting October 20th as part of the iTunes Countdown to Play On, where a song is released each week for 3 weeks prior to the album release. “Mama’s Song” is already available on iTunes now. “Undo It” will be available October 27th.

    Also, you can watch Carrie’s Walmart Soundcheck performances and interview here:
    There is additional material, including an interview with producer Mark Bright, under the All Access Pass section. The performance of “Mama’s Song” will be added November 2nd.

  3. Here’s the album tracklist with songwriters (which can also be helpful when listening to the preview clips Stephen posted)-

    1. Cowboy Casanova (Carrie Underwood/Mike Elizondo/Brett James)
    2. Quitter (Max Martin/Shellback/Savan Kotecha)
    3. Mama’s Song (Carrie Underwood/Kara DioGuardi/Marti Frederiksen/Luke Laird)
    4. Change (Katrina Elam/Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins)
    5. Undo It (Carrie Underwood/Kara DioGuardi/Marti Frederiksen/Luke Laird)
    6. Someday When I Stop Loving You (Hillary Lindsey/Steve McEwan/Gordie Sampson)
    7. Songs Like This (Marty Dodson/Jerry Flowers/Tom Shapiro)
    8. Temporary Home (Carrie Underwood/Luke Laird/Zac Maloy)
    9. This Time (Hillary Lindsey/Steve McEwan/Gordie Sampson)
    10. Look at Me (Jim Collins/Paul Overstreet)
    11. Unapologize (Carrie Underwood/Hillary Lindsey/Raine Maida/Chantal Kreviazuk)
    12. What Can I Say (Featuring Sons of Sylvia) (Carrie Underwood/David Hodges/Steve McEwan)
    13. Play On (Carrie Underwood/Natalie Hemby/Luke Laird)

    USA Today also has a story-behind-the-song feature for “Songs Like This” with the help of co-writer Marty Dodson.–plus-a-play-on-track-listing/1

  4. “I’ve found “Temporary Home” and “Mama’s Song to be far more promising than the lead single, “Cowboy Casanova.”

    Amen to that, Kevin. Although I love CC now, it took a few listens to really grow on me. It’s not a great song, but I still think it’s a refreshing change from her usual material. She didn’t sound believable on the recorded version of “Last Name,” but I really think she sounds comfortable here.

    It’s welcoming to see the “Before He Cheats”/”Last Name’ saga ended on this album. Although I loved both songs, it’d nice to see her neglecting to tread the same path over and over.

    I really feel like Carrie has grown in leaps and bounds in terms of really connecting with her songs. I really noticed it last year when I heard “Just A Dream,” but I’m pleasantly surprised to see it continue with “Mama’s Song,” “Temporary Home” and probably quite a few others on the album.

    I’m loving the perfect balance of tardtional sounding material mixed it with a little rock and pop.

    I really respect that Carrie really IS growing as an artist, performer and interpeter; I feel like so many artists mistakenly say this without merit behind it.

    I didn’t really know what to expect from this album, but so far I am extremely impressed.

  5. “Temporary Home” is now available on iTunes. This is definitely the best song Carrie has written so far and arguably her best recorded vocal. Scratch that, I actually think this IS her best recorded vocal. I intensely dislike when others use superlatives and I don’t use them myself but I’m ready to do so for this song. Chills-inducing. Tearjerking. Awesomeness. I especially love the third verse and last chorus.

  6. Kinda useless to claim this is Carrie’s best co-writing work without providing the lyrics, but please, if you have to listen to just one Carrie song, I highly recommend this one:

    Little boy, six years old
    A little too used to being alone
    Another new mom and dad, another school
    Another house that’ll never be home
    When people ask him how he likes this place
    He looks up and says with a smile upon his face

    This is my temporary home
    It’s not where I belong
    Windows and rooms that I’m passing through
    This is just a stop on the way to where I’m going
    I’m not afraid because I know
    This is my temporary home

    A young mom on her own
    She needs a little help, got nowhere to go
    She’s looking for a job, looking for a way out
    ‘Cause a halfway house will never be a home
    At night she whispers to her baby girl
    Someday we’ll find our place here in this world

    This is our temporary home
    It’s not where we belong
    Windows and rooms that we’re passing through
    This is just a stop on the way to where we’re going
    I’m not afraid because I know
    This is our temporary home

    Old man, hospital bed
    The room is filled with people he loves
    And he whispers, “don’t cry for me,
    I’ll see you all someday”
    He looks up and says
    “I can see God’s face”

    This is my temporary home
    It’s not where I belong
    Windows and rooms that I’m passing through
    This was just a stop on the way to where I’m going
    I’m not afraid because I know
    This was my temporary home

    This is our temporary home

  7. More on-topic than my previous posts, here’s Carrie praising Miranda again in her interview with The Boot:

    Who do you think is the most underrated singer in country music?

    “Miranda Lambert! She gets attention and people know who she is, of course, but I’d lose an award to her any day. I just think she’s supertalented and really sweet and fun. I think she deserves more accolades. She gets some, but she deserves more.”

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