updated 04/03/2014 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/03/2014 AT 3:00 PM ET
Sheryl Crow may say she’s feeling lonely, but from the looks of her new video, the feeling won’t last for long.
In “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” the singer/songwriter is in fine form, jamming with her band in a live performance while working a slinky leather vest and matching pants (yep, she’s 52).
The song is lifted from Feels Like Home, Crow’s latest album and first full foray into country music. And while “Callin’ Me Lonely” has elements of classic Crow, with strumming guitars, a sing-a-long melody and a rollicking bridge, it has one key difference from her past hits: it wasn’t written by the woman who penned Grammy-winning tunes like “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”
“This is a song I love but did not write,” Crow says. “When I initially started the album, I sat around with Brad Paisley and his longtime producer Frank Rogers, and Frank played me this song he’d heard. I loved it right away, so I said, ‘What the heck? Let’s cut it.’”
It didn’t hurt that the lyrics rang true to Crow – or anyone who gets an unexpected phone call from an ex on a snowy Friday night. “Why’s he always gotta be calling me when I’m lonely?” Crow sings. “It’s so wrong to be leading me on when I can’t say no. He swears that it’s gonna be different this time, but it won’t be.”
“I really liked the idea of ‘Callin’ When I’m Lonely’ because it’s very true how when you’re out of a relationship, people will call you,” she adds. “Right until the embers are completely burned out, there’s still a little smoke.”