Me Neither

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"Me Neither"
Single by Brad Paisley
from the album Who Needs Pictures
B-side "Don't Breathe"[1]
Released February 7, 2000
Format CD single, 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1999
Genre Country
Length 3:19
Label Arista
Writer(s) Brad Paisley
Chris DuBois
Frank Rogers
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley singles chronology
"He Didn't Have to Be"
(1999)
"Me Neither"
(2000)
"We Danced"
(2000)

"Me Neither" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Brad Paisley. It was released in February 2000 as the third single from Paisley's album Who Needs Pictures and reached a peak of number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in mid-2000.[2] The song was previously included on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Happy, Texas.[3] Paisley wrote this song with Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois.

Background[edit]

Brad Paisley said this about the origin of the song: "Every guy has been there. You're talking to a girl and realizing that it's going nowhere--but you still keep trying. I know I've been turned down enough to feel like I've really lived this song. Frank, Chris and I wrote it in the car on our way back from Frank's family beach house in Garden City, South Carolina. We'd spent a week there writing, and it was really successful. In fact, that's where we wrote 'Who Needs Pictures.' Anyway, we had this nine-and-a-half-hour drive back home. So Frank sat in the back seat with a guitar. I sat in front with a notebook, and Chris drove. By the time we got to Nashville, we had just about every line done."[4]

Content[edit]

"Me Neither" is an up-tempo in which the narrator is attempting to attract the attention of a female, by asking her various questions, such as whether or not she would like to dance, or if she "believe(s) in love at first sight". Despite constantly being rejected by her, he turns around each question that he asks her with a response of "me neither" (e.g. "Darling, tell me, would you like to dance? / Me neither, I was just being polite / Thank goodness, my feet are much too tired"). In the final chorus, he considers his attempt to converse with her "a waste of time" before adding "Don't you think it's time for me to end this song? Me neither." After this line, the song extends into a series of fiddle, piano, steel guitar, and electric guitar solos.

Billboard described the song favorably in their singles review section dated for February 12, 2000, saying "All in all, this is a great little record that further demonstrates just why Paisley is the hottest new artist in the format." This review also compared its "wit and personality" to Roger Miller.[5]

Paisley later included the song as the b-side to his singles "We Danced" and "Two People Fell in Love."[1]

Parodies[edit]

Cledus T. Judd parodied the song on his 2000 album Just Another Day in Parodies, under the title "More Beaver" (a reference to the TV series Leave It to Beaver). Paisley also plays guitar on this parody.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Me Neither" debuted at number 65 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 12, 2000. "Me Neither" spent 20 weeks on the Billboard country singles charts, peaking at number 18 in mid-2000. It is the second single of his career not to reach the top 10, the last one until "Camouflage" peaked at number 15 in December 2011, and the lowest-peaking single of his career until "I Can't Change the World" failed to enter the top 20.

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 85
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 18

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 313. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Brad Paisley
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Happy Texas > Overview )))
  4. ^ Bradpaisley.com on The Internet Archive
  5. ^ "Billboard single reviews". Billboard. 2000-02-12. Retrieved 2008-11-05. [dead link]
  6. ^ allmusic ((( Just Another Day In Parodies > Review )))
  7. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 15, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Brad Paisley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Brad Paisley. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 

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