Break Down Here

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"Break Down Here"
Single by Julie Roberts
from the album Julie Roberts
B-side "No Way Out"
Released February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
Format CD single, music download
Recorded 2003
Genre Country
Length 4:06
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Jess Brown, Patrick Jason Matthews
Producer(s) Brent Rowan
Julie Roberts singles chronology
"Break Down Here"
"The Chance"

"Break Down Here" is a debut song written by Jess Brown and Patrick Jason Matthews, and recorded by American country music singer Julie Roberts. It was released in February 2004 as the lead-off single from her self-titled debut album that was released on May 24, 2004, via Mercury Nashville. The song debuted in February 2004 and peaked at number 18 on the country music charts.


Its b-side was a cover of Suzy Bogguss's "No Way Out", from her 1996 album Give Me Some Wheels.

The song was originally recorded as "I'd Sure Hate to Break Down Here" by country singer Trace Adkins on his 2003 album Comin' On Strong. However, his version of the song was not released as a single.


"Break Down Here" is a mid-tempo ballad centralizing on the narrator, who is driving by themselves on the freeway, escaping a failed relationship with all of their belongings in the back of the vehicle. Realizing that their vehicle is beginning to make a noise and that they are far from an exit, they state that they would "sure hate to break down here". The phrase has a double meaning, in that they do not want the vehicle to break down, and they do not want to break down and cry ("I've made it this far without crying a single tear").

Music video[edit]

A music video was released for the song, directed by Steven Goldmann.

Critical reception[edit]

Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times described the song favorably, calling it "one of the year's best country ballads" and "an aching but resolute lament".[1]


The following musicians performed on this track:[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Break Down Here" spent a total of 32 weeks on the country charts, peaking at 18 in September 2004. It is Roberts' only Top 40 hit on that chart. The song also debuted at number one on the Country Singles Sales chart, making her the first female artist to debut at the top of that chart since LeAnn Rimes in 2000.[3]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 81
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 18


  1. ^ "Pop and Rap, to Classical and Country". The New York Times. December 7, 2004. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Julie Roberts (CD booklet). Julie Roberts. Mercury Records Nashville. 2004. 000190202. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (April 17, 2004). "Chart Beat". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 116 (76): 65. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Julie Roberts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Julie Roberts. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Julie Roberts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Julie Roberts. Retrieved April 4, 2011.

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