Jennifer Nettles Joins Darius Rucker on New Single: ‘Never Been Over’
UPDATED: April 26, 2024
UPDATED: April 26, 2024

A New Duet Adds Depth to a Beloved Ballad

Never Been Over, a key track from Darius Rucker’s latest album Carolyn’s Boy, gains a new layer with the addition of Jennifer Nettles’ captivating vocals. This duet brings fresh emotional depth to the already powerful ballad, celebrated for its reflective narrative. The song, originally penned by Rucker alongside Lee Thomas Miller and John Osborne of Brothers Osborne, is noted by Billboard for its poignant look at a long-lasting love, detailing the highs and lows of a couple’s journey together.

Lyrics That Resonate

The song’s lyrics poignantly capture the enduring nature of the couple’s relationship, despite various challenges:

We’ve been good and bad, hot and cold
And fightin’ mad, solid gold
Been sunny days, straight-line winds
Been drivin’ slow and guilty as sin
Been back roads lost and blue lights found
Dead of quiet, rockstar loud
Been up and down like we’re built on springs
We’ve been a lot of things 

But we’ve never been 
Splittin’ up friends, splittin’ up records
Puttin’ up walls, burnin’ down letters
Grass is greener ‘cause there’s something better
Waitin’ down the line
We’ve never been a headlights weaving, taillights fadin’
So long, move on, goodbye waitin’
Never been one last long look across your shoulder
We’ve been a lot of things, but we’ve never been over

Darius Rucker

Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Behind the Music

Describing the songwriting process as cathartic, Rucker views Never Been Over as one of his most heartfelt compositions, likening it to therapy. The addition of Nettles not only enhances the song’s emotional impact but also reflects the dynamic changes both artists have experienced in their careers. Nettles herself expressed excitement about the collaboration, emphasizing the song’s theme of enduring partnership mirroring their evolving careers.

Upcoming Endeavors

Currently touring solo in Europe, Rucker is gearing up for the summer Hootie & the Blowfish Summer Camp with Trucks Tour. Additionally, fans can look forward to his upcoming memoir, Life’s Too Short, slated for release on May 28. The book promises to offer an intimate look at Rucker’s journey from a passionate music fan to a celebrated music icon, through the lens of the songs that have shaped his life and career. Pre-orders for the memoir are available now.

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