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When the world first got its first listen to Dustin Lynch’s album, “Current Mood,” there were just some songs that stood out from all the rest.


“Love Me or Leave Me Alone” was one of those songs.

This raw look at unrequited love cut to the heart of anyone who has ever questioned why love walks in and out of one’s life, and why sometimes it feels just not right, no matter how hard you try. Add that to Dustin’s emotional delivery of the song, and Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild’s perfectly matched vocals, and this song certainly has hit written all over it. So when the lyric video came out on Oct. 25, we wondered whether the country music star would give any hints about who he actually wanted to love him or leave him alone?

Well, no.

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Yet, Dustin has said that the song was, in fact, inspired by someone — other rather, several someones.

“Each line in each song has been inspired by something or someone,” Dustin told Rare Country during a recent interview. “Each line describes something I have been through in different relationships. A lot of times you can take a song and it may have an overall theme about one person, but several different things may have happened to make this one song. There are a lot of ingredients that go into it.”

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And no matter whether we ever find out who this particular song is about, rest assured that Dustin will be bringing the emotion of the song in front of a live audience nightly on his 15-city, headlining “The Ride or Die Tour,” which kicks off Nov. 3.

“When I was out on tour with Brad [Paisley,] I really learned about the importance off banter between songs,” he told Rare Country. “There is just a certain reliability that you get with the crowd when you are talking about everyday things between songs and you don’t just disappear between songs. I think that’s very important when it comes to connection. Between songs, it’s about resetting and setting another scene and setting another emotion. I always tell the guys in the band that the show becomes special based on what happens between songs.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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