• Hand-Annotated Lyrics: Stephen Paul’s “Leaving Louisiana”

    Stephen Paul delivers some smooth vocals and crisp songwriting on his song “Leaving Louisiana,” co-written with Alex Smith. One of the things that makes songs stand out, especially in country, is specificity, so it’s especially cool to see where specific details come from as they make their way into the songwriting room. For example, Paul references the name of his high school and his co-writer’s grandmother in the song.

    Check out more of the detail that went into “Leaving Louisiana” in the hand-annotated lyric sheet below: