Carrie Underwood’s ‘Wasted’: Story Behind the No. 1 Song

by Katie Maloney

Fourteen years ago, country superstar Carrie Underwood released her number-one hit song, “Wasted.” Underwood released the song in 2007 as the sixth and final single from her debut album, Some Hearts.

The song is about two types of addictions: relationships and alcohol. During the song, Underwood sings about being addicted to a relationship while knowing that she needs to break free. Eventually, she realizes that she has to leave who she used to be behind so she can become who she is now. She leaves her boyfriend and makes changes to better her life.

During the song, Underwood sings, “For one split second, she almost turned around. But that would be like pouring raindrops back into a cloud. So she took another step and said, I see the way out, and I’m gonna take it.”

The second part of the song is about a man battling alcoholism. Underwood sings, “Another glass of whiskey but it still don’t kill the pain. So he stumbles to the sink and pours it down the drain. He said it’s time to be a man and stop living for yesterday.”

The song spent 25 weeks on the charts and peaked in the number one spot.

Carrie Underwood’s “Wasted”

Are the Two Characters in Carrie Underwood’s Song Connected?

Songwriters Marv Green, Hillary Lindsey, and Troy Verges collaborated on the song. As mentioned previously, the first section is about a woman breaking free from a relationship while the second part of the song is about a man battling alcoholism. However, there are different opinions as to whether the two characters in the song are connected or not.

Some think that the two characters are dating and the man is the boyfriend Underwood is leaving. However, others believe the song follows two, unattached characters whose only connection is through the addictions they are overcoming. During an interview, the songwriters weighed in on the true story behind the song.

“We wanted to leave it open. People have been interpreting it both ways,” said Verges. “In my mind, they didn’t know each other at all, they were separate stories. But people have taken it as both people related. I love that about songs, that different people can take different things from them.”

Regardless of the connection or lack thereof between the characters in the song, the songwriters agree that they all enjoyed working on a Carrie Underwood song together.

“Troy started playing a few of those verse chords and started to do the groove of the song. And Hillary is one of those people that sings something sometimes, and makes you go, ‘Sing that again!’ She actually sang that whole first line. ‘Standing at the back door, she tried to make it fast, one tear hit the hardwood. It fell like broken glass.’ And that definitely got us going,” said Green. “It was a great co-write… it really felt like we all lyrically and melodically contributed,” he concluded.