At Monday’s CMT Next Women Of Country showcase, Season 10 American Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina, debuted a new song called Same Day, Different Bottle. Lauren co-wrote the track about alcoholism, which hits extremely close to home for the country star.
At the BMI Country Awards, Lauren explained her personal connection to the song:
“The song is about my father,” she confirmed. “He actually got out of rehab today! I haven’t gotten to see him yet, because he’s back in Chattanooga, where I’m from. That song was like therapy for me. It’s not easy growing up in a household with something like that. I love my dad — he’s one of my favorite people in the world — and he’s a great person. He just struggled with alcohol, and he’s overcoming it right now, so I’m really proud of him. I played him the song, and he loved it. It made him cry. I think it was good for him to hear my side and to see how it affected me. Today is a new beginning for him. It’s gonna be a battle for the rest of his life, but I’m going to be right there with him, and pray that every day he doesn’t want to drink it up and touch a bottle. I hope it’s no longer the same day, different bottle. Different day, no bottle!”
Lauren further explained that she struggled with the idea of writing about her father’s addiction, but is happy with the decision she made:
“It was therapeutic,” she affirmed. “I went in that day and it was weighing on my heart. I was worried about my dad and about my life. I didn’t want to write about it, yet I did want to write about it, because I knew it would probably make me feel better. And I battled with it for 25 minutes and was really struggling with deciding whether or not to speak up. Because I never, ever even talked about my dad drinking — ever — to anyone. Some of my best friends that I grew up with didn’t know; he went to work every day, so it wasn’t like he’d ever been a falling down drunk whose behavior invited public inspection,” she noted.
We applaud Lauren on her candidness and honesty. The end product of the songwriting process is moving, captivating, emotional, and breathtaking. We invite you all to take a listen/look by watching the video below.