Carly Pearce just dropped her achingly beautiful new single, “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” featuring Chris Stapleton. The song, from her forthcoming fourth studio album, was written by Pearce, along with Shane McAnally and Pete Good.
“We were just trying to find something honest, as I feel like I always do,” Pearce tells iHeartCountry. “In this moment, this is not what any of us were going through, but I think Shane threw out the idea of ‘We Don’t Fight Anymore,’ and it was just off to the races at that point. I feel like all of us agreed that this is probably a point that people have been in, in a relationship. Maybe they’re still together. Maybe they’re not. Maybe they shouldn’t be together. Maybe this song will help them. But you always, at some point I guess, experience something like this, of just that feeling of indifference.”
As soon as Pearce and her co-writers finished “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” the Grand Ole Opry member knew she had touched on something important.
“Writing it was super special,” Pearce recalls. “I knew it was something that needed to be said. I remember just really being inspired the day by the track that he filled, the really, really honest, almost uncomfortable lyrics that we were writing.”
Pearce wrote this song while she was still dating Riley King, although she insists “We Don’t Fight Anymore” isn’t about him, but rather shows the kind of country music she wants to make.
“It wasn’t what I was going through at the time, but I’ve always been somebody who really loves sad songs, always,” Pearce tells Audacy’s Coop. “Shane threw out this title, and it just felt like something that was really important. I feel like everybody has their highlight reel on social media. They don’t show you sometimes the backstage of what a relationship can look like.
“I’ve always wanted to push the boundaries, and be the exception to the rule of maybe saying things that maybe make people feel uncomfortable,” she adds. “But I think that’s good, because that maybe will tell you if you should be in this relationship or not.”
As soon as Pearce finished writing “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” she immediately knew she wanted Stapleton to join her on the heartbreaking track.
“When we wrote it, I heard Chris singing on it,” Pearce recalls. “I don’t know why. I kind of just heard him singing harmony on it, and I DM’d his wife, Morgane, and asked her if I could send a song for him, and it just snowballed. He ended up doing something so special on it, that unlocked the other side to the story, and it’s literally the most proud I’ve ever been to put out a song.”