The Mask

Album: single release only (2020)
Play Video


  • Craig Morgan co-wrote "The Mask" with his bandleader, Mike Rogers, long before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, he envisioned the "mask" in the song as a metaphor for the ways people keep their deepest fears hidden. However, once coronavirus started spreading worldwide, it took on a new meaning for all those struggling in private amid the bedlam.

    "They all put on a mask," Morgan told Taste of Country. "I'm not talking about the physical mask that we are all wearing when we go shopping or something. I'm talking about how they put on a front so they can look strong, and that is what this song is about."
  • Morgan debuted "The Mask" during a Grand Ole Opry broadcast in mid-April 2020. He provided it as a "gratitune," a song shared to celebrate and thank health care workers at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "I really see it now," Morgan said from the stage that night. "People getting up and going to work and they are nervous. You know they are scared, but they go."
  • Morgan officially released the song on June 12, 2020, dedicating it "to our frontline heroes during the pandemic and to anyone who has put on a brave front to selflessly help others."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Michelle Branch

Michelle BranchSongwriter Interviews

Michelle Branch talks about "Everywhere," "The Game Of Love," and her run-in with a Christian broadcasting network.

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman Jack

Have Mercy! It's Wolfman JackSong Writing

The story of the legendary lupine DJ through the songs he inspired.

Frankie Valli

Frankie ValliSong Writing

An interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.

Sam Phillips

Sam PhillipsSongwriter Interviews

Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind - Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand, is a fan.

Christmas Songs

Christmas SongsFact or Fiction

Rudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.

Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson

Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonSongwriter Interviews

Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."