In April 2022, Zach Bryan released one of his most emotional records, “Something in the Orange.” At the start of the track, Bryan appears to be comforting his unhappy partner. “It’ll be fine by dusk light, I’m tellin’ you, baby/ These things eat at your bones and drive your young mind crazy,” he sings, per Genius. Byran then delivers a shocking twist that he and his partner have actually broken up. “And I’m damned if I do, and I’m damned if I don’t/ ‘Cause if I say I miss you, I know that you won’t,” he croons. “But I miss you in the mornings when I see the sun/ Something in the orange tells me we’re not done.”
As the song continues, Bryan expresses his hopes of reconciliation, singing: “To you, I’m just a man; to me, you’re all I am/ Where the hell am I supposed to go? I poisoned myself again, something in the orange.” While Bryan tends to keep his relationships private, the song might be about his mysterious breakup with his ex-wife, Elizabeth Rose Madden. In 2020, the pair married in a small ceremony, per Country Thang Daily. However, shortly after tying the knot, the two called it quits, supposedly due to Bryan’s infidelity. “He cheated on her when she was deployed,” one person said on Reddit. Even though “Something in the Orange” doesn’t refer to infidelity, his lyrics and vocals have a certain regretful or “one that got away” tone.