As soon as Nashville “it” couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce last summer, there was a common reaction among country music fans: Can’t wait for the songs about this break-up.
On Tuesday, Shelton fired the first shot. He released his new single “Came Here To Forget” (timed to coincide with the return of NBC’s “The Voice,” of course), written by Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan. And it is not subtle.
Before the song was released, Shelton promoted it in the most savvy way possible: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a song that’s such a direct look into my life,” he said. In other words, it would offer a close-up picture of his relationship with new girlfriend, Gwen Stefani. Sure enough, the first lines of the moody, R&B-tinged tune: “Girl, you gettin’ over him, and I’m gettin’ over her.”
The rest of the song is about a boozy hook-up between two miserable people recently burned by a bad relationship, even though they’re both checking their phones to see if their exes have gotten in touch. Shelton paints a picture of the two coupled up at the back of the bar, determined to get over the bad memories: “Keep leanin’ it on in closer, keep saltin’ the rim/Getting even with her, and with him, before the night is over.”
Again: Not subtle. As much as Shelton may want to get even with his ex, Stefani is clearly feeling the same way about her ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale. (The two also split last year.) Even though Shelton and Stefani have done everything except shy away from the spotlight, this new song drives the point home even further. They’re moving on.
Note to Miranda Lambert, who has also been showing off her new relationship with singer Anderson East on Instagram: It’s your turn.