If you’re watching the 2015 CMA Awards then you probably know Little Big Town’s haunting, hit single “Girl Crush” by now. Not only did the Alabama country group perform the song during the 49th annual ceremony, but the tune also won the award for Single of the Year as well as Song of the Year, which is awarded to the songwriters.
But despite the numerous times you may have heard the chart-topping track, you may not know what the song is about. According the Washington Post, some radio stations banned the song from being played after receiving angry emails and calls from disgruntled listeners about the promotion of the song’s “gay agenda.”
“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about,” the band’s singer, Karen Fairchild, responded to the surprising reactions of country fans. “But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”
Fairchild went on to explain what “Girl Crush” is really about: "It's about a girl saying, you know, 'Why do you love her and not me?'” the artist told the Washington Post, noting that the tune is telling the story of a woman who is so envious of her ex-boyfriend’s new love that she wants to embody everything about her, hoping to win her man back.
"I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume," Fairchild sings in the song. "I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you'd want me just as much … I got a girl crush."
Viewers can catch the 2015 CMA Awards livestream here.