For a long time, Sara Bareilles has been telling everyone that her hit song “Love Song” was written in response to her label asking her to write a love song, but now she reveals that is not true.
“No, nobody ever said that,” the 35-year-old singer told the Huffington Post, adding that the story is a “distilled version of the truth.”
“People sort of want to hear what they want to hear,” Sara said. “It makes for an easy one-liner to be like, ‘So the big bad record label wanted you to write love songs and this is you fighting back.’ It’s not that it’s not true, but it wasn’t that simple.”
Sara says that the inspiration for “Love Song” came from terrible co-writing sessions that her record label wanted her to do.
“The co-writing sessions, I think for me, they came at a time where I was still so unsure of my own edges. In a way, I was still sort of discovering who I was as an artist at that time. And while I don’t think that any of those collaborators had any bad intentions, I just don’t think I was ready to collaborate,” Sara explained.
Even though she sings about not wanting to write a love song, Sara says the hit single really is a love song.
“It was a love song to my craft. It was a love song to my intention, to my heart and soul. I was fighting for the essence of some truth inside of me, which to me is a beautiful love song. It just wasn’t a duet between Peter Cetera and Amy Grant,” she said with a laugh. “It wasn’t going to be the end title in a romantic comedy, at all.”
Make sure to pick up Sara‘s book “Sounds Like Me” to hear stories behind lots of her songs. It is in stores on Tuesday (October 6).
Sara Bareilles – Love Song