Moments (Emerson Drive song)

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"Moments"
Emerson Drive - Moments.jpg
Single by Emerson Drive
from the album Countrified
B-side "A Good Man"
Released November 27, 2006
Format 7", CD single
Genre Country
Length 4:58 (album version)
3:52 (radio edit)
Label Midas Nashville
Writer(s) Dave Berg
Annie Tate
Sam Tate
Producer(s) Teddy Gentry
Josh Leo[1]
Emerson Drive singles chronology
"A Good Man"
(2006)
"Moments"
(2006)
"You Still Own Me"
(2007)
Canadian chronology
"Countrified Soul"
(2006)
"Moments"
(2006)
"Testify"
(2007)

"Moments" is a song written Sam Tate, Annie Tate and Dave Berg, and recorded by Canadian country music band Emerson Drive. It was released in November 2006 as the third single from the album Countrified. The song was a Top Five hit on the Canadian country music charts. It also reached Number One on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs charts, becoming the first Number One single not only for the band, but also for their label, Midas Records Nashville. "Moments" was the most played country music song of 2007 in Canada.[2]

Story[edit]

"Moments" is a ballad in which the narrator, a young man, plots to die by suicide by jumping off a bridge. While on the bridge, he notices an older, homeless man, to whom he gives money, figuring that he "wouldn't need it anyway". Upon receiving the money, the homeless man tells of his past, saying that he "hasn't always been this way", and that he has had his "Moments, days in the sun / Moments [he] was second to none". Upon hearing the story, the young man then ponders his own life, wondering if anyone will miss him, should he decide to take his own life. He remembers his own "Moments, days in the sun." The young man then walks away from the bridge, imagining the older man telling his friends about his moments, including "that cool night on the East Street bridge / When a young man almost ended it / I was right there, wasn't scared a bit / And I helped to pull him through".

The song originated when songwriter Annie Tate and her husband, Sam, were working with their friend and songwriting partner Dave Berg to construct a song about people having their moments. Sam came up with the idea of basing the song around a homeless man. After the song was written, he stated, "I've always wanted to write a song about redemption and how everyone has the ability to redeem themselves somehow".[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006-2007) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 62
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 56
US Billboard Pop 100 86

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 13
Preceded by
"Good Directions"
by Billy Currington
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

June 16, 2007
Succeeded by
"Find Out Who Your Friends Are"
by Tracy Lawrence

References[edit]

  1. ^ Countrified (CD Booklet). Emerson Drive. Midas Records. 2006. 881529008827. 
  2. ^ "Top Canada Country Songs". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Horner, Alan (July 16, 2007). "Story Behind the Song". Country Weekly. 14: 64 
  4. ^ "Emerson Drive – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Emerson Drive.
  5. ^ "Emerson Drive – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Emerson Drive.
  6. ^ "Emerson Drive – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Emerson Drive.
  7. ^ "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 

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