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This song describes how the process of getting over a past relationship can eventually lead to a better love. The lost loves are like stars, which point their way to the one who is truly best. These stars direct you down a road that was blessed by God, who was the one that lead you to the love. (thanks, Landon - Winchester, OH)
This song was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their 1994 album Acoustic. The first version to be released as a single came out in 1998 by the Country singer Melodie Crittenden under the title "Broken Road." Her recording reached #42 on the singles chart. In 2006 she recorded the song a second time as a member of the gospel group Selah. Crittenden commented on the song in publicity materials: "I got married to an amazing man at the age of 34. It isn't that I didn't want to settle down before that, I just hadn't met 'the one.' It seems society kind of puts a stigma on those that are single and thirty-something or forty-something. Let me tell you, don't listen to everyone else. God's timing is perfect! He has a plan for each and everyone of us. 'Bless the Broken Road' talks about all the different roads one goes down to find their true love. It could also be about how you met your best friend or how you found the Lord. When I would get lonely and frustrated, waiting on my husband to come along, I always tried to remind myself of one very important thing. God is in control! He's always been there and always will be. I am so thankful I handed God the reigns because, with Him, I knew I'd go down the right path."
Selah's version was the title track of Bless the Broken Road – The Duets Album, which won the 2007 Dove award for Best Inspirational Album.
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The song became Rascal Flatts' first-ever UK chart entry in 2012 after being covered by contestant Sam Kelly in the final of the talent show Britain's Got Talent.
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