Hello World Lyrics Explained by Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum, who performed the hit “Hello World” at the CMA Awards, have received a lot of praise for the song, which has a hopeful message and displays an appreciation for the little things.  While the “Hello World” lyrics are rather straightforward, Lady Antebellum shared the story behind the lyrics, and you can read all about it below.

Full “Hello World” lyrics follow the explanation.  “Hello World” comes from Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now, which you can download right here.  Other Lady Antebellum downloads are here.

Hello World Lyrics Explanation

“The idea for this song is an old one. It was originally called, ‘Hello Heart.’ I started it when I was 27 years old,” explains songwriter David Lee. “I wrote a chorus and pretty much most of the song a different way. And then I put it down, turned away from it, and didn’t think of it again for at least 10 years.”

“I got with Tony Lane, and we sat down and talked about it one day. We tried to write it, tried to come up with some ideas and finally came up with the chorus. But the rhymes weren’t jelling. Then we got Tom Douglas in on it.”

“Tom’s great,” said Lee. “He actually had the idea to change this song to ‘Hello World,’ because we couldn’t get the rhyme right. ‘Hello Heart’ didn’t have the feel. Tom got a hold of it and started messing around with it on his piano. Then he called me and said, ‘Hey, what about, ‘Hello World?” He also had an idea to change the first verse.”

“If Tom Douglas and Tony Lane hadn’t helped me, this song wouldn’t be what it is, that’s for sure,” said Lee.

Hello World Lyrics

Traffic crawls, cell phone calls
Talk video screams at me
Through my tinted window I see
A little girl, rust red minivan
She’s got chocolate on her face
Got little hands, and she waves at me
Ya, she smiles at me

Hello world
How’ve you been?
Good to see you, my old friend
Sometimes I feel cold as steel
Broken like I’m never gonna heal
I see a light, a little hope
In a little girl
Hello world

Every day I drive by
A little white church
It’s got these little white crosses
Like angels in the yard
Maybe I should stop on in
Say a prayer
Maybe talk to God
Like he is here
Oh I know he is there
Ya, I know he’s there

Hello world
How’ve you been?
Good to see you, my old friend
Sometimes I feel as cold as steel
And broken like I’m never going to heal
I see a light
A little grace, a little faith unfurled
Hello world

Sometimes I forget what living’s for
And I heave my life through my front door
And I’ll be there
Oh I’m home again
I see my wife, little boy, little girl
Hello world
Hello world

All the empty disappears
I remember why I’m here
Just surrender and believe
I fall down on my knees
Oh hello world
Hello world
Hello world

  • Keith21146

    I’ve asked several people to listen to the lyrics of this song and then tell me if they could understand the story it was telling. From the very first time I listened I “heard” THE message. If I’m the only one hearing this, then God is clearly speaking to me. At the end of the song, I swear, I hear …. HEAR THE WORD! It falls right in place with the rest of the ending of the song. Remebering why I’m here and falling to your knees. Great song. This one is right up there with Brooks and Dunn’s “I Believe”

  • Spstanfield

    I’m sure I heard this (hello World) at the end of a movie but can’t remember which one. Am I right?

  • Sam_llohan

    Wow,i’m just speechless!

  • Kbballetdancer

    :( keep going with your life and no matter what happens everything will turn out okay.

  • lee

    Lost my 8 month old grandson 2 weeks before Christmas last year 2010, this means alot to me

  • bethany

    I thought it was “talk radio” not video(in the first verse)
    oh well =)

  • Anonymous

    Love Love love this song…..lost my husband from cancer almost 2 years ago…..this song to me says it’s ok to move on and appreciate life again and to see the world(even though on my own)with an open heart and to be thankful for what I had and for what may lay a head for me…….miss my dear husband everyday, but…….”Hello World”

  • Deanna

    I can’t tell you what this song means to me. It has such great meaning to me. I personally look to music as a therapy and it helps me cope with the things that come down my path in life. It’s such a spiritual song to me and seeing it performed at the CMA award show gave me the chills. Thank you Lady Antebellum! What a band! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Kim

    I heard this song for the first time on the CMA awards. It moved me. I thought, “Wow! What a powerful song!” Touched my heart.

  • judy

    This song reminds me of my renewal of faith after years of the lack of faith after the death of my Mom long ago. It really gets to me. Love Lady A.