Carly Pearce tributes the late songwriter and producer, Busbee, in her new song, "Show Me Around." The song, written by Pearce alongside Emily Shackelton and Ben West, offers a hopeful message as Pearce imagines the day of reunion with a loved one in Heaven.
"I bet you're up there right now / Making plans and writing out / All your favorite places that you just can't wait to take us," she sings. "And we'll get to spend forever / Talking 'bout whatever / When I get there, promise you'll track me down / And show me around."
The cover art for the single is a photo of Busbee playing the guitar while he was working with Peace on her second album. "I took this photo while we were recording my second album at his home in Altadena," Pearce wrote on Instagram. "I remember saying, “just keep doing what you’re doing” and snapped this moment, of him in his element— doing what he did best."
"One of my most precious songs I’ve ever written," she continued. "Thank you for the gifts you gave this world, busbee. I hope all of you listen to this song and think of sweet thoughts of the loved ones you’ve lost getting to show you around in heaven one day."
Pearce first debuted "Show Me Around" during her 75th Grand Ole Opry performance in June.
"At his funeral, a songwriter that all of us in Nashville love named Barry Dean, he gave the most beautiful speech," she said at the time, just ahead of her performance. "And Busbee has three little girls and a beautiful wife, and he painted this picture of Heaven that was so beautiful to me, that Busbee had a map and he was getting the lay of the land and figuring out all of the places just like Disneyland that he wanted to show his family and show all of us. If anybody’s ever lost anybody this felt like a really cool way to look at our loved ones that are going to meet us in Heaven and show us around."
"Show Me Around" follows Pearce's current single "Next Girl," released in September.
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