“Blame it on her lying, cheating, cold, dead, beating, two-timing, dual dealing, typical mistreating loving heart,\" Patty Loveless sang on her 1993 chart-topper \"Blame the on your Heart.\"

That\"s a lengthy sentence — virtually as lengthy as the all-nighter Kostas Lazarides pulled before he wrote the track with Harlan Howard. 

As Lazarides — recognized professionally as Kostas — speak it, Loveless\" team didn\"t want the song, until they heard it was being offered in the 1993 movie \"The Thing referred to as Love.\"

He said the story behind the tune to Bart Herbison of Nashville Songwriters combination International.

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Bart Herbison: All right. Help me the end here. “Blame it on your lying, cheating, cold, dead, beating, two-timing, dual dealing, typical mistreating love heart!” 

I\"ve acquired to tell friend something, Kostas. When I heard that (lyric), i think I remained in my car (and) damn near had actually a wreck. What a line, man. You created it through the late great Harlan Howard.


Kostas: Well, it started actually the night before. This song constantly seems to begin the night before. All i remember is that ns was getting along with Harlan to write the following (day). ... It appears to me the this to be going to be our first encounter ever before writing together. We had talked about it prior to that, and we set up this specific date. I would be comes to Nashville from Montana and hanging the end a month, 2 months at a time. I\"d be continuing to be at Shoney’s (Inn) top top Demonbreun at the time. And also what a carnie the was! the was a festival walk on over there every day in the parking lot with all the tourists and all. I was going to be writing through Harlan at 9 or 9:30 the next morning, i m sorry is top top the face of it, just that alone writing at 9 or 9:30 through anybody, sounds really dumb to me.


BH: That’s in reality super early songwriter time. It\"s like 3 a.m. Come everybody else.

K: I mean, girlfriend either stayed up all night to get up at 9 to create a tune or it just didn\"t happen. However it to be Harlan\"s idea, so i wasn\"t going come argue with that old man. And he was my friend.

BH: ns should more than likely insert, and validly, so many civilization would rank him together the best songwriter in the background of modern-day country music ... Already under his belt (was) everything from “I autumn to Pieces” forward.


K: Yeah. He was component of that legendary pantheon of artists, songwriters, songs, music, all that.

BH: So, you had been increase a long, lengthy time. It was a mix of partying, a long, lengthy night the turned right into a morning v no sleep, and also the push of bringing something under to Harlan Howard. Same to say?

K: Well, you know, I had been hanging out through Jody (Maphis, country musician). That turned the end to be a lengthy night. And also when that left, ns was still in that, you know, rocket ship through the universe.

BH: Because you\"re up all night now, you decide to remain up right into the morning and also tried come come up with something because that the create the next day.

K: I wasn\"t walk to go to sleep then. There\"s just no method to go to sleep in ~ 3 or 4, wake up in ~ 8 and start writing in ~ 9.

BH: So, it\"s fair to say a combination of countless things led you to an elongated luck that can not have regularly occurred in nature! 

K: Yeah, it was among them phenomena. ... So, we finished at perhaps 10:30 or so. And after(ward) I put it down on my tiny cassette recorder. Then he and also I behavior to walk over come Toucan Bar, and also then ns was just so shed out, I simply kind that crawled ago over to Shoney\"s and also called it a day. Actually, I referred to as it a day and night and also a day again. Ns must\"ve to be tired. 

The song then gained into the hands of the pluggers. Ns told the males in the room there, and also so did Harlan, that we necessary to get the track over to Patty Loveless. We both agreed that it would be the perfect song for her. Lock didn\"t desire the song. They believed it to be a ditty. I believed to myself, \"This can\"t be happening. If this is a \"ditty,\" climate what is this city made of?\" since ditties can still be good songs. Ns don\"t know what a ditty is to begin with.


BH: But somebody obviously thought better of that. Soon thereafter, there\"s a significant Hollywood motion picture made title “A Thing called Love” about the Bluebird Cafe. And also this tune is really a centerpiece that keeps recurring in that movie. Ns think Deborah Allen cut it because that the movie, right?

K: This was about two or three months ~ the tune came into existence, (Patty\"s camp) maintained rejecting it for those 2 or three months. Then as quickly as the camp uncovered that Deborah Allen tape-recorded it because that the movie and that she to be going to release it as a solitary ...

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BH: If storage serves me correctly, i think that triggered a revisit through Patty\"s camp to record it herself. It\"s just such an important song, and literally all of the circumstances that led as much as it. It just seems come me prefer it was among those that was expected to be.