Story Behind the Song: Martina McBride, ‘Anyway’
In November of 2006, Martina McBride released "Anyway" as the lead single from her Waking Up Laughing album. The song, which McBride co-wrote with the Warren Brothers, earned a Top 5 spot on the Billboard country charts (No. 5) and a Top 20 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart (No. 14) -- not bad for the first single that McBride ever co-wrote!
Below, McBride shares with CMT the inspiration for "Anyway."
"Anyway" was inspired by many things, among them a poem by Mother Teresa. It was also inspired by real life, and the fact that we all face adversity in one way or another.
It's a song about hope, love, perseverance and, mostly, faith -- faith that it's not always in your hands, or things don't always go the way you planned, but you have to have faith that there is a plan for you, and you must follow your heart and believe in yourself no matter what.
The part about believing tomorrow will be better than today was especially meaningful to me to write because I have a tendency to hear the news or read some kind of article, whether it is about terrorism or global warming or whatever, and I get really scared and nervous about our future. So that line is especially helpful and meaningful to me; it helps me remember that we're all part of a bigger plan, and that we must have faith in the future, and it isn't all gloom and doom!
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