Oklahoma native singer-songwriter Kaitlin Butts sings of retribution on the chilling "White River," which centers on a young woman who confronts a loved one's abuser.
"On her cheek and in her vacant eyes I saw the proof/ You were the king and oh, your terror reigned," Butts sings. "Twenty some odd years has been more than enough/ It's time to pay for what you've done/ Looking at you now you don't seem to be so tough/ Starin' down the barrel of a gun."
Butts says the song was inspired by real stories about ongoing cycles of abuse.
"We hear so much about domestic violence on the news, and I was thinking about the stories we never hear about because the victims suffer silently, feeling helpless until their rage boils over and the cycle of violence goes on," Butts tells Wide Open Country. "I guess this was all on my mind when I went to bed one night and had a very vivid dream about what I might do if someone was hurting someone that I care about. That dream was on my mind as I drove to Lubbock and crossed the White River. I started writing the song as I drove and later got to finish it with Oran Thornton and Jared Hicks."
Listen to "White River" below.
For more information on Kaitlin Butts, visit her official website.