Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood - Wasted
By: Alanna Conaway
When it comes to writing song, like most writers, Troy Verges has his close circle of friends who pull out the very best in him. One of those writers is the phenomenal Hillary Lindsey. So when Verges, Lindsey and fellow hitmaker Marv Green jumped in on a three-way write years back, the result was a smash, especially when Carrie Underwood heard their little song -- "Wasted" -- and took it straight up the country singles chart.
"Hillary has had a gazillion hits with Carrie Underwood, but this was early on in the number of singles that she released," Verges tells Roughstock of the day the three wrote the tune. "It was a normal kind of write. Marv, Hillary and I all knew each other, but we'd never written that kind of song together. We just started from that title, and we kind of wrote it a million different ways with a bunch of different stories in the verses, rather than making it just one story. There was actually one more storyline that we originally had in the song, but we pulled it out last minute while we were demoing the song, just because we felt it was going to make the song too long.
"It was really cool to be able to have this success with Hillary," adds Verges. "We wrote [Martina McBride's] 'Blessed' also. She is probably one of my favorite co-writers ever. I've been writing with her longer than anybody. We just really click. It was awesome to get to be a part of that with her and have that experience. Then, to hear Carrie Underwood sing one of your songs ... I mean, there are tons of artists I love who can't sing like Carrie Underwood. So to hear her voice on my song is pretty incredible. There are a lot of artists who don't beat the demo when Hillary sings the demo because she's so friggin' good! Carrie can. She can out-sing anybody! It's bone-chilling, especially on a song like 'Wasted,' which is right in her wheelhouse. She is just so great."