Lady Antebellum - "Hello World"
By: Matt Bjorke
Have you ever had the feeling that sometimes songs are important and exactly right for the times we live? Have you felt like a certain song has knocked some ‘sense’ back into you and gotten you out of the land of the jaded and senseless and back into the living? If you have ever felt these then you must hear this new single.
Written by Tom Douglas, Tony Lane and David Lee, “Hello World” is a song that hits all the right notes from the very first chord. Then we hear Charles Kelley give one of his most nuanced vocal performances as he sings about the go-go, connected pressures of the world, the loudness and polarity of the world (all in the line “talk radio screams at me”). Then the man sees a little girl who waves innocently at him and this ‘wakes him up’ and he thinks “Hello world, how you been? Good to see you my old friend.”
It’s that simple first verse and chorus that drives this melodic piece of ear candy that is desitined to be not only a mainstream country hit but more than likely a multi-format radio hit (like “Need You Now”). The lyrics are completely universal in the fact that everyone feels pressured by the world around them at some time and they forget to take pleasures in the little simplicities of life, like the waving hand and smile of a child, getting in touch with your faith, and how the simple things in life are really what it’s all about. It’s not about that talk radio screaming at you, it’s not that cell phone call that you ‘have to get.’ Life’s about enjoying it with those that are around you - your friends and family.
There will be some people who cannot get the message and the heart of “Hello World” and that’s truly a shame but perhaps the reason is that they haven’t lived this song, or aren’t really listening to it. Like other things, it’s easy to be cold and jaded about the song, to say it’s not a country song because it has epic strings backing up a ‘pop’ melody but the simple fact of the matter with “Hello World” is that the song has one of country music’s best lyrics of 2010 and one of the most universal messages any mainstream song (country or pop or rock) has delivered in the past five years.
It may be 'long' it may be 'slow' but the message is an important one. Is their risk worth taking? Again, I certianly think so. do you? Take a listen to the video enclosed and let us know.