Carrie Underwood’s ‘Good Girl’: Story Behind the Hit Song

by Kayla Zadel
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Carrie Underwood’s first single from her fourth album was a huge success. But thanks in part to some esteemed songwriters.

The mega-star herself actually co-wrote “Good Girl,” along with Ashley Gorley and L.A.-based producer Chris DeStefano. The successful producer recounts the time he spent penning the song with Underwood and Gorley.

“I was out [in L.A.] working on projects with Chris,” Gorley tells Taste of Country. “Carrie happened to be out there, and Carrie’s management team had an idea for the three of us to all get together to write. I had written with Carrie and Chris several times separately, but never together. We all thought it would be a great combination, and turns out we were right!”

The track landed on her album, Blown Away, and DeStefano is particularly happy about the way the title came to be.

Lyrics and Melody Collide in ‘Good Girl’

“Chris started an instrumental track, very uptempo with a great guitar lick,” he continues. “Carrie and I were tossing lyrics and melodies back and forth and settled on ‘Good Girl’ as a title. We liked it because ‘Good Girl’ sounded like a sweet song, and it really contrasted with the music we had going. We liked the idea of people seeing the title and then being surprised once they heard the song.”

“Hey, good girl / With your head in the clouds / I bet you I can tell you / What you’re thinkin’ about / You’ll see a good boy / Gonna give you the world / But he’s gonna leave you cryin’ / With your heart in the dirt / His lips are dropping honey / But he’ll sting you like a bee / So lock up all your loving / Go and throw away the key / Hey good girl / Get out while you can / I know you think you got a good man,” Carrie Underwood and her fellow songwriters wrote out.

“We say the title right off the bat, first words of the song,” notes Gorley. “She’s talking to a ‘good girl’ who wants true love from a good guy … a white wedding, everything all the good girls want, but she’s blind to what the guy wants from her. It’s basically a warning to the girl that she needs to get out of the relationship before she gets hurt. He’s no good for her.”

Carrie Underwood and Songwriter’s Chemistry Shines Through

In addition to “Good Girl,” Gorley has played a major role in two of Carrie Underwood’s previous chart-ranking hits, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “All-American Girl.” The chemistry of these songwriters shows through in the lyrics and the attitude of the song.

DeStefano says, “Writing it seemed like a blur. Right when you think chorus is over, the hookiest part of song starts. I love Carrie’s voice being exposed the way it is in this song, sometimes singing with just drums or hand claps, and even a capella at the end of the song. She has more power and control with her voice than anyone I’ve ever been in a room with. I don’t think anybody else could sing that song. We had a blast working on it!”

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