Keith Urban Settles 17-Year-Old Lyric Debate For “You’ll Think of Me”

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Some people don’t realize that Keith Urban‘s third full-length studio album has been surrounded by a controversial debate for nearly two decades…but as of recently – that entire conflict has been put to rest by none other than Keith himself.

So, what about his Golden Hour album was so divisive? Well, it all started with his fourth single, “You’ll Think of Me.”

With the release of his album in October 2002, fans started jamming out to their brand new Keith Urban CD they’d been waiting for since at least July of the same year. When they got to the fifth track, however, they had to keep hitting the rewind button.

“You’ll Think of Me” easily became a chart-topping single for Urban, and marked his fourth No. 1 hit since his debut single came out just a couple of years before.

But, what about this super-hit song was so questionable to fans? Well, there was a line in the song that could easily be mistaken for a completely different word. The trick was: they both made total sense – and it left fans dumbfounded for almost two decades.

The chorus of “You’ll Think of Me” talks about the singer telling his ex to “take your records, take your freedom” and continues to talk about what to take and what to leave in both metaphorical and literal ways.

Take your records, take your freedom
Take your memories I don’t need ’em
Take your space and take your reasons
But you’ll think of me
And take your cap and leave my sweater
‘Cause we have nothing left to weather
In fact, I’ll feel a whole lot better
But you’ll think of me, you’ll think of me

Even in the bolded line above, features one of the words many have thought Keith sang in his song. “And take your *cap* and leave my sweater” has often been believed to actually say “And take your *cat* and leave my sweater” but nobody ever could say for certain…until now.

With this long-running debate and people claiming they know for sure what is being sung, eventually, folks figured that Keith Urban had to come forward and explain what was really going on in that misheard lyric. And that’s just what he did.

In a tweeted video tagging country radio personality Bobby Bones, Keith Urban shared a short clip of him wearing a ball cap and then quickly flashing over to his cat who was perched by the window.

Pointing at the cap, he shook his head “no” and then turned to the cat and gave a thumbs up. But on top of that, he also captioned the video “Take your cat.”

In a text exchange with Bobby Bones, he also explained why it was “cat” and not “cap.”

“Cat….,” Urban typed. “Ultimately he always HATED that damn cat.”

So, there you have it, folks – once and for all! IT’S CAT.

Check out Keith Urban’s unforgettable music video for “You’ll Think of Me” below and let us know what YOU have been singing for 17 years! Cat or Cap?