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As recently reported , the song “She’s Going Places,” a tribute to Caylee Anthony, was listed as having been co-written by Rascal Flatts member Gary LeVox and comedian Cledus T. Judd. Prior to a recent No. 1 party for the trio, Gary gave reporters the back story on the song, revealing that he actually had little to do with the song’s current version.
“Cledus T. Judd, myself and Jimmy Yeary wrote a song called ‘He’s Going Places,’” said Gary. “It had been lying around and we thought it was a good song and we were just kind of waiting for a home for it. We figured at some point it might find a place on our record.” After the news broke about Caylee Anthony, the little girl whose death resulted in a sensational trial and acquittal for her mother, Gary says Cledus had the idea to rewrite the song as a tribute to Caylee.
“Cledus sent me a text asking if he could rewrite the song for Caylee [Anthony]. He and some other [songwriter] rewrote the lyrics,” Gary continued. “[They took] our song and they tweaked it and changed some lines. I was on a boat fishing in Lake Erie and my phone had blown up and I guess it was on Nancy Grace. I think it was a Cledus T. Judd thing. They kind of took our song and tweaked it and it became this.”
Responding to the media buzz around the rewritten “She’s Going Places” shortly after the trial of Casey Anthony, Gary says, “I think as an artist musically and as a songwriter you try to write songs that touch people’s lives and affect them in certain ways, so for whoever that song has helped, great. I know that Cledus and I had a discussion about that and it came from his heart and he wanted to do something that put all the focus on the victim and not on the mother and to give Caylee her just due. It came from his heart and he felt like that’s what he needed to do, so hats off to him.”