The Story Behind Zac Brown Band’s “As She’s Walking Away”

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"As She's Walking Away", which features Alan Jackson, became the Zac Brown Band's fourth consecutive and fifth overall No. 1 single in November of 2010.

Fans always love to hear the stories behind their favorite songs. Sometimes the song is based on an idea and not a real person, and sometimes we get lucky and fall in love with a song that has a pretty cool real-life story to it. This is the case with “As She’s Walking Away” from the Zac Brown Band.  This song reached #1 on the Country Music chart starting November 20, 2010.

Songwriter Wyatt Durrette and Zac Brown co-wrote the song after a night out in Orlando, Florida after a show they played with Los Lonely Boys.

“Zac and I went to a bar in Orlando to watch a UFC fight. We were sitting there watching this fight, and a girl and a guy walked in. All night, she stared at me, and I was looking at her. She was a beautiful girl, but she had her boyfriend with her, so I obviously wasn’t going to say or do anything. We kind of spoke all night from across the room but didn’t say anything to each other” Durrette says.

“When I left, I really couldn’t say anything. It was just one of those circumstances where you see a pretty girl in a bar, and you don’t have the guts to walk over and say hello to her. You find yourself missing that chance and find yourself kicking yourself when you leave. That’s what sparked the song: “… I’m falling in love as she’s walking away.””

“There was nothing that I could do, and I probably will never see her again; I don’t even know her name. She’ll never know this song’s about her. I wrote the first verse and chorus in that sense and then went to Zac. Zac had the idea of bringing the wise man into it and turning it into the older man at the bar who’s a much wiser man giving you advice. Zac and I wrote the next verse” Durrette continues.

“Two weeks after we wrote the song, we got a call from Keith Stegall, who is our producer. He also produces all of Alan Jackson’s albums. He called Zac and said that Alan wants to do a song with them, maybe for the next album. Alan was the perfect guy to do this song with them. We’re so happy with the way that it turned out.”

Watch the video below for “As She’s Walking Away” by The Zac Brown Band.

As She’s Walking Away Music Video

This song was written by lead singer Zac Brown, along with Wyatt Durrette.

As She’s Walking Away Lyrics

We never spoke a word
But every thought she had I heard from across the room
If we were standing face to face
I couldn’t find the words to say give me one more move
I don’t even know her name
I guess foolish prides to blame
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
And my heart won’t tell my mind to tell my mouth what it should say
May have lost this battle, live to fight another day
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
Wise man next to me did say
‘Bout the one that got away
Son I missed my chance
Don’t you let regret take place
Of the dreams you have to chase
Ask her to dance, go on, son
You might fall down on your face
Roll the dice and have some faith
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
And my heart won’t tell my mind to tell my mouth what it should say
May have lost this battle, live to fight another day
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
You might fall down on your face
Roll the dice and have some faith
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away
And my heart won’t tell my mind to tell my mouth what it should say
May have lost this battle, live to fight another day
Now I’m falling in love as she’s walking away

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