What if who heard Elton John"s "Tiny Dancer," misheard the lyrics and wrote a struggle song referred to as "Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza?"

That"s essentially what taken place with Little big Town"s "Pontoon." Co-writers Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and also Barry Dean said the story behind the 2012 nation hit to Bart Herbison that Nashville Songwriters association International.

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I gain up this morning, and also Little huge Town is top top "Good Morning America." Of course they"re doing the song. The song simply keeps materializing; ns hear that everywhere. It"s already in part commercials, right?

Natalie Hemby: ns don"t know, but I hear that on the lake all the time, therefore that"s a good sign.

This whole thing starts through the publisher confuse something the they thought you guys had written. Luke?

Luke Laird: Natalie and I had written a tune that Miranda (Lambert) recorded dubbed "Fine Tune." It to be on she last album, and also it"s still one of my favorite songs the 2 of us have written. Somebody had actually overheard "Fine Tune" play in one office in ~ the publishing agency or something, and another human came and also asked Natalie, "What to be that track of yours? "Pontoon" or something?"

NH: the was kind of favor that. The wasn"t me. The was somebody else that they claimed it to. They referred to as me and also (said), "They thought that you were saying "Pontoon." " for this reason I dubbed Luke and said, "We have to write this really obnoxious song called "Pontoon," to it is in funny.

LL: Of course Barry and I were like, "Yeah."

Barry Dean: for Natalie that most likely is lyrically no the most meaty song, however she bring away a distinct angle top top the lyric, and we shame it that way. And Luke had that groove, and also the production of the document (by) Jay Joyce. It"s hipper 보다 you think it would certainly be. It"s sort of constructed like one old nation song, and then produced like other a tiny fresher.

LL: the literally is just one of those song that we never might have imagined. It began in the room. We all reacted to it, and also I feel favor as a writer, you need to trust that.

Now, there"s a story after the song. Friend (Natalie) visited buy a pontoon. This is priceless to me.

NH: five yeah. Well, if you"re going to compose a song around a pontoon, someone has to buy one. Mine husband loves boats, so us took the plunge. These two still haven"t to buy one, and also now we"re most likely going to end up selling ours. We went to go buy a boat, and it"s a nice brand-new boat a man was selling. He had actually to market it since his mam was pregnant and also they just moved here. We took a journey on the boat, and also we love it. We had my in-laws ~ above there, and also just together we were about to leaving ... We came earlier to the dock, and I have to leave because my daughter is gaining a small fussy. She sings, "Motorboatin" " as we"re getting off the boat, and also the man was like, "Oh mine God, that tune is so awful." (laughs) ... No everybody likes her song, and that"s OK.

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— Compiled by Dave Paulson, dnpaulson

About the series

In partnership v Nashville Songwriters combination International, every week we will certainly release a video interview through a songwriter about his or she work. Check out the complete interview with Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean in ~ www.betterworld2016.org/music together with past installments.