Even though he helped write the song, Luke Laird says Carrie Underwood's Temporary Home took a while to sink in with him.
"I connected with that song, but it didn't hit me that hard when we wrote it," says Laird, who wrote the song with Carrie and Zac Maloy. "But the more I go back, I feel very fortunate that she would write it with me."
Laird, a Nashville-based songwriter, estimates he has written 20 to 25 tunes with Carrie, including singles Last Name and So Small, as well as four songs from the forthcoming Play On: the title track, Mama's Song, Undo It and Temporary Home, which was released in fall 2009.
"She had the whole thing mapped out," Laird says. "She had the title, knew basically what she wanted each verse to say. She didn't have anything actually written down, but that made a huge difference. Most songs, even when I'm writing with other writers, we don't have them that mapped out, so we're just filling in the pieces. But she really knew what she wanted to say. This song was really emotional for Carrie."