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Eric Church Shares Poignant Lyric Video for ‘Why Not Me’

 

Eric Church made an emotional appearance at the Grand Ole Opry last week to debut a new song called “Why Not Me.” Church wrote the song in response to the Las Vegas shooting.

Before his performance, Church talked specifically about why he showed up. As the headliner on Friday night of the festival, he said that crowd was “my people.” A friend sent him a video of a woman who lost her husband in the shooting. They went to the festival specifically to see Church.

And they also had tickets to see him at the Grand Ole Opry that very night. “Over here, section three, row F,” Church says. “There’s some empty seats, and that’s their seats.” So he knew he had an obligation to play that night.

“The only way I’ve ever fixed anything that’s been broken in me is with music,” he told the crowd. Now, you can read the lyrics to the poignant tune. Using the very same audio from the Opry performance, Eric Church released a simple black and white lyric video. Watch it above.

“Why Not Me” Lyrics

Why you with your long brown hair flowing
And you with your fresh tattooed skin
And you from the Western Virginia
That you never get to see again

As darkness descended the desert
And a bad actor starred in his play
Why you from Tennessee did life capture?
And me, from Tennessee, get away?
And when the morning sun hit the mountain
And a glorious still calmed the breeze
I asked the God of all-knowing wisdom
Why you, and why not me?

Yeah the Lord is my refuge and my fortress
My God with whom I trust
But I’ll never know why the wicked
Gets to prey on the best of us

Why you full of life and promise
At the top of your lungs so loud
My songs that you sing so sweetly
Will ring forever in my ears now
And when the morning sun hit the mountain
And a glorious still calmed the breeze
I asked the God of all-knowing wisdom
Why you, and why not me?

And every morning when the sun hits the mountain
And a glorious still calms the breeze
I’ll ask the God of my salvation
Why you, and why not me?

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