Josh Groban Shares Story Behind Duet ’99 Years’ with Jennifer Nettles

Josh Groban's Song 99 Years Story Behind

Josh Groban and his music have always been favorites of mine, and I always love learning the meanings behind songs. In this video, the singer is sharing the story behind a powerful new ballad, Josh Groban’s song 99 Years.

‘They build a house of love in the face of worry
But life has a way of rewriting the story
There were times when it looked like nothing could save them
And there were times when it looked like nothing could break them
They keep promising each other what the future’s gonna hold’

"It's one of those songs about the uncertainty of what's ahead." Josh shared.

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And after finishing writing the song, Josh realized that it worked best as a duet. After wondering who would be perfect to sing alongside him, he decided on Jennifer Nettles because of the song's ‘accidental' country sound.

Parents Help Inspire Josh Groban’s Song 99 Years

Josh reflected on his own parents' 50-year marriage as he thought about the inspiration for the song's lyrics.

"My parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I think many people in my generation and younger wonder, ‘what are they thinking about, the future-future?’"

He remarked that it's more common for his generation to take it one day at a time.

"It's a very topsy-turvy world we're living in. And when I think about my parents and their last 50 years . . . all of the years of history that they've lived through, all of the trials and tribulations and hardships that they've gone through together . . . you know, that's not something that I can fathom, not being married yet."

Josh shared that it was these imaginings that led him to write this song about the ‘romance of these uncertainties.'

‘Will we look back down on 99 years of a wonderful life?
Where we laughed till we cried and our love grew stronger with every fight
There’ll be a thousand moments for you to say “I told you”
And a million more for us to say “I love you”
So let’s look forward to you and I looking back
At 99 years like that, at 99 years like that’

Watch this ‘story behind the song' video to learn more about the song 99 Years. Click here if you'd like to hear the entire song, with lyrics!

WATCH: Story Behind Josh Groban’s Song 99 Years


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