Eighteen Inches (Lyrics) – Lauren Alaina [Written by Carrie Underwood]

These are the lyrics for the song Eigtheen Inches, written by Carrie Underwood, and featuring on Lauren Alaina’s upcoming debut album: Wildflower. For the album’s review, click here.

It’s about fifteen hundred miles to California,
they’ll get there Friday if they leave tonight,
she sneaks out at three thirty in the morning,
leaves a note so she won’t see her daddy cry.

He cuts the engine when he coasts in the driveway,
she slides in and gives him one kiss for the road,
no friends and no family, no job out there waiting,
the whole town will call them crazy but they gotta go.

‘Cause when you’re young and in love, yeah,
you might do some things that don’t seem all that smart,
’cause there ain’t no greater distance than the eighteen inches from your head to your heart, yeah.

They can barely make rent on a rundown apartment,
she’s waiting tables and he’s a valet,
they’re behind on the bills and the car’s barely running,
but he buys a ring with the tips that he’s saved.

When you’re young and in love, yeah,
you might do some things that don’t seem all that smart,
’cause there ain’t no greater distance than the eighteen inches from your head to your heart.

Last thing they need is another mouth to feed, but they want one,
just kids themselves but that’s all to change in nine more months,

she wakes him up at three thirty in the morning,
ready or not their new life’s going to start,
seven pounds and eighteen inches,
the doctor lays that new baby’s head right on her heart.

When you’re young and in love, yeah,
you might do some things that don’t seem all that smart,
but thank God for those eighteen inches,
the distance it is from your head to your heart, yeah, yeah, yeah.

I have to say I’m very impressed. Carrie is telling a story here without taking sides: she doesn’t showcase the pregnancy in a positive light, which would have turned this song into a saccharine love song and she doesn’t condemn it, making it preachy. On the contrary, she’s simply narrating a segment of someone’s life and uses beautiful imagery to do so, mostly revolving around the double meaning of eigtheen inches.

Favorite line?

“Cause there ain’t no greater distance than the eighteen inches from your head to your heart” – Lyric GOLD!

The song is not out yet but listen to a live version:

12 thoughts on “Eighteen Inches (Lyrics) – Lauren Alaina [Written by Carrie Underwood]

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  2. Eliefares – Thanks for posting this with your comments. When I hear others singing a Carrie written song I can’t help but put her voice in the song. Lauren sounds good. Looking forward to hearing the recorded version. BTW – I think it’s a “kiss for the road”.

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  3. So happy Carrie continues to write (or co-write) such great songs with substance and emotion, so rare these days. Its funny that Taylor and Miranda get all the songwriting kudos, but Carrie has co-written songs that are soooo much more signficant and complex (So Small, Temporary Home) or radio juggernauts (Casanova, Undo It, All American Girl). When think of just those 5 songs you have some of the well written gems in the last 10 years… someday Carrie will get more credit, its long over due. Taylor writes only tween stuff (15, I Belong To You, Sparks Fly..et al) they are ALL the same melody and content, yet she’s hailed as a amazing tunesmith – its really a crock of &**& !! Congrats Alaina and Carrie.

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  4. …let’s not forget NOT TONIGHT, a song Carrie co-wrote for Kristy Lee Cook from her major label debut.. that is a great song that couldn’t have been a big hit for Carrie.

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