Donovan Woods – “What They Mean” (video) (premiere)

Donovan Woods releases another clever song about love and loss.

JUNO and Polaris Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Donovan Woods released a deluxe edition of his fourth album, Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled, back on August 22nd that includes four bonus live performance tracks. Woods’ profile is rising quickly and making his hometown of Toronto proud as he’s become an in-demand songwriter in Nashville with his plainspoken but universal lyrics. “What They Mean” premieres today on PopMatters.

Woods says, “I wrote this song with Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and my buddy Abe Stoklasa. Charles had an idea that he wanted to write a song about why they say the word crazy in country songs so often. Which I thought was a great idea because they do, they say it way too often. We decided to tell the story in a narrative way, explaining to a kid why those overused words get used so much. They’re place-holders for unexplainable feelings of love and loss.”


September 23 – Cultivate Festival – Port Hope, ON

October 13 – Simcoe Street Theatre – Collingwood, ON

October 14 – Imperial Theatre – Sarnia, ON

October 19 – Studio @ Hamilton Place – Hamilton, ON

October 20 – National Arts Centre Studio – Ottawa, ON

October 26 – Centre In The Square – Kitchener, ON

October 28 – Trinity St. Paul’s Church – Toronto, ON