Hear Montgomery Gentry’s New Song ‘Better Me’

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One week ago today, Troy Gentry lost his life in a helicopter crash while en route to a concert in New Jersey. The tragedy came as Montgomery Gentry was gearing up to release a new album next year. Now, fans can hear the first track off that record, which acts as a fitting and moving tribute to Gentry’s incredible talents and determined spirit.

Unlike most of Montgomery Gentry’s previous singles, “Better Me” features Troy as the lead vocalist throughout. Although on the surface the song could be taken as just a simple tune about a guy trying to get his life together, anyone who attended or watched Gentry’s memorial service can see the parallels between his own life and the narrator’s.

Although he was known for his big personality and wild side, he was also fiercely dedicated to his wife and family. In recent years, Gentry’s longtime friend and preacher said he had built an even stronger spiritual belief system. Now, as fans try to make sense of this unbelievable loss, “Better Me” feels like the perfect way to honor Troy Gentry’s life and career, both of which were cut short far too soon.

Listen to the moving track below.

In a press release, Montgomery Gentry’s label revealed that the group had a new album ready to be released in the coming months. It’s unclear if or when that record will still be made public.

READ MORE: New Report Provides Details of Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Crash

Over the past week, many country musicians have honored Gentry by covering some of his biggest hits. Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion and Jason Aldean all shared emotional musical tributes just hours after news of his passing broke.

“Better Me” Lyrics:

I’m getting older 

Finding myself and God getting a little bit closer

And sober

I’m a little less reckless

Little less wildcard

Breaking hearts

Kinda senseless

Yeah I’m coming around

I might cuss and fight

Tell lies 

Break a few rules

Making promises I can’t keep

But I’ve turned the page on wilder days

I’m writing all this down

Hoping you’ll see

I ain’t saying I’m perfect

but I’m working on a better me

They say I’m sorry

Sometimes is the hardest part to tell somebody

Well baby I’m sorry

Yeah I’ve been praying

Coming from me that might sound a little bit crazy

But I swear I’m changing

I might cuss and fight

Tell lies 

Break a few rules

Making promises I can’t keep

But I’ve turned the page on wilder days

I’m writing all this down

Hoping you’ll see

I ain’t saying I’m perfect

but I’m working on a better me

Didn’t want to call you up

Didn’t want to just stop by

Wanted to take my time and make sure I got every word right

I still cuss and fight

Tell lies 

Break a few rules

Making promises I can’t keep

But I’ve turned the page on wilder days

I’m writing all this down

Hoping you’ll see

I ain’t saying I’m perfect

but I’m working on a better me

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