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Jennifer Nettles' 'Me Without You' lyric video is a watercolor storybook: Watch

Jennifer Nettles spreads her angelic wings in her lyric video for her song "Me Without You," a sweeping ballad about realizing what it's like to be free from an unhealthy relationship. Etched in vibrant watercolors, the lyrics playfully dance around hand-drawn images of a birdcage and an open window. "A little kiss of freedom, I've forgotten how that tasted," she sings on the opening line.

Jennifer Nettles performs onstage during day 2 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2014 in Indio, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter

"A little room for breathing, then you're on your way. There's a million little reasons for this smile on my face. Without those tears in my eyes, I bet you'd hardly recognize me," she achingly sings.

Nettles delivers the words with such passion; it almost seems the song is about a personal experience from her past. She reminds the listener that it's OK to feel good about a breakup. A heavy weight is finally lifted from her shoulders. "It might be 'hard to do' -- quote-unquote -- but it could end up being the best thing for us. I think a lot of times we find that when we change and get out of a relationship that's unhealthy, we realize that we stayed too long in the first place," she shared with CMT of the song's inspiration. "'Why didn't I do this sooner?' Fear, a lot of times, keeps us in situations from which we should've already left."

In many ways, the song is an empowering ode, even if it is not as rockin' as most bad-boy anthems typically are. She continued, "But once we do leave, and we release that fear, then the empowering emotions come. 'Wait a minute, I like this! I like being able to make my choices.'

"So I love that song for that, and a lot of people connect with that song when I've been out on a radio tour and performed it live for fans," she said. "Me Without You" follows her previously radio release, the groovy "That Girl," from her solo debut set of the same name.

Check out the lyric video above.

Don't forget to grab a copy of "Me Without You" on iTunes now!

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