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Music Friday: Chris Lane Sings About His Real-Life Proposal in ‘Big, Big Plans’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you romantic songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, country singer Chris Lane shares his real-life proposal to reality TV star Lauren Bushnell in 2019’s “Big, Big Plans.”

In a music video viewed on YouTube more than 10.5 million times, Lane’s fans get to see the actual moment he popped the question to Bushnell in the backyard of her parents’ home in Oregon.

The video starts with romantic, smartphone-generated footage of the couple having fun in everyday situations and then transitions to his actual proposal, where he gets down on one knee and tells his girlfriend that she’s the best thing that ever happened to him.

Written by Lane and two collaborators, “Big, Big Plans” offers a play-by-play account of how he bought an emerald-cut diamond ring and hid it in the bathroom.

He sings, “She don’t know I already bought a ring / Hid it in the bottom left drawer right beside the sink / Shiny emerald diamond on a brand new band / Asked her momma for permission and her daddy for her hand.”

“Even though I felt pretty confident I was going to get the ‘yes,’ I’ve never been that nervous,” Lane told People magazine. “When I got to the third verse of the song and knew it was time, I pretty much blacked out. The next thing I knew, she said ‘Yes’ and the nerves just lifted. It’s an explosion of excitement, pure joy, and love.”

The engagement took place in June of 2019 and the two married shortly thereafter in Nashville in October of the same year.

A second video for “Big, Big Plans” features footage from the couple’s wedding day. That video earned 2.4 million views on YouTube.

Written by Chris Lane, Ernest K. Smith and Jacob Durrett, “Big, Big Plans” topped out at #33 on the U.S. Billboard Country chart.

Bushnell famously won the 20th Season of The Bachelor, during which she won the heart of Ben Higgins. The couple was engaged in March of 2016 and ended their relationship a little more than a year later.

Lane and Bushnell had been dating since 2018.

At the time of her engagement to Lane, Bushnell posted to Instagram a photo of the couple kissing, along with this caption: “I can’t stop smiling I feel so incredibly blessed that every misstep, mistake and heartache has led me to you. I couldn’t be happier to call you mine, forever.”

Scroll down to see both the engagement-themed and wedding-themed videos. The lyrics are included if you’d like to sing along…

“Big, Big Plans”
Written by Chris Lane, Ernest K. Smith and Jacob Durrett. Performed by Chris Lane.

Just look at her sittin’ there
Sweatpants t-shirt in a comfy chair
Her hair in a bun one hand on her mug
And the other one’s playin snare
To a George Strait vinyl
That Yes or No line’ll get her close
But I don’t think she can understand
Just how far I’ve been lettin’ my heart
Fall and what’s in my head

She don’t know I got some big, big plans
Build a little house out on some hand me down land
Find a little island where we go to get tan
I bet we take our kids down there one day
And I know she wouldn’t mind if I
Did a lil somethin’ like find a flight
Over night to Paradise
And leave tonight
And I’ma put a diamond on her hand
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know

She don’t know I already bought a ring
Hid it in the bottom left drawer right beside the sink
Shiny emerald diamond on a brand new band
Asked her momma for permission and her daddy for her hand

I got some big big plans
Build a little house out on some hand me down land
Find a little island where we go to get tan
I bet we take our kids down there one day
And I know she wouldn’t mind if I
Did a lil somethin’ like find a flight
Over night to Paradise
And leave tonight
And I’ma put a diamond on her hand
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know

Well here I go
Cause right now we’re back in her hometown
And I’m down on one knee
I guess she finally figured out
I’m gonna ask her to marry me…

I some big, big plans
Build a little house out on some hand me down land
Find a little island where we go to get tan
I bet we take our kids down there one day
And I know she wouldn’t mind if I
Did a lil somethin’ like find a flight
Over night to Paradise
And leave tonight
And I’ma put a diamond on her hand
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know
She don’t know I got some big, big plans
She don’t know
She don’t know

Engagement Video:

Wedding Video:

Credits: Screen captures via YouTube.com.

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