Woman, Amen

Album: The Mountain (2018)
Charted: 53

Songfacts®:

  • Dierks Bentley penned this deeply sincere and personal message of love and gratitude for his wife Cass with songwriters Josh Kear (Luke Bryan's "Drunk On You," Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away") and Ross Copperman (Keith Urban's "Break On Me," Luke Bryan's "Strip It Down.") It was penned by the trio during a Fall 2017 writer's retreat in Telluride, Colorado where Bentley wrote and recorded much of his The Mountain album.
  • The song was released as the lead track from The Mountain on January 17, 2017. "The song's about gratitude, and the song is just the cracks in your heart and love and how you really need to have those failures and those cracks to really let love get in, so it's an inspiring song," said Bentley. "I think it's an album that has a lot of gratitude in the album throughout every song. So, it's a good song to really just get that message out there, and all that gratitude for me starts at home.

    "There'd be nothing without Cass and the way she's not only made my life, she's been through the ups and downs and made me a better person," he continued. "I don't know where I'd be without her. So, for me to get the message of the album out there, I want to start with this song and this important message about the women in my life, the women in our lives. There'd be nothing without them. For me, it's just an important way to start the album."
  • It was Josh Kear, the songwriter whom Dierks Bentley penned "Drunk on a Plane" with, that came up with the idea for this song. Bentley recalled to The Boot:

    "I heard it, and I just thought, 'I don't know what that is, but I love it.' It was the same thing when I first heard 'Drunk on a Plane' - I love drinking, and I love planes - and with 'Woman, Amen' I had that same feeling of, I don't know what that is, but let's just write it."
  • Kear recalled how he approached Bentley with the idea for the song. "I had the title and the phrase, 'Thank God for this woman, amen.' It sounded to me like an old country song. A simple prayer," he explained to Taste of Country. "Using 'amen' at the end of a title seems so classic that I couldn't resist trying to do it at least once."
  • The songwriters debated over whether to make it an outward or inward conversation and eventually settled for embracing both concepts. "The hardest part lyrically was trying to decide if it was going to be an actual prayer or a conversation with yourself about what you should be praying for," Kear recalled. "What we ended up with is a bit of a hybrid of the two approaches. Part of the conversation sounds like it's to yourself and part of it sound like you're talking to God."
  • The song's music video was directed by Bentley's longtime collaborator Wes Edwards. The clip tells the powerful story of Nashville's Floyd family, a mother-daughter duo who drew from their own personal hardships to create positive change in their community.

    "Jennifer and Sydnee make everyone around them want to do more, to be better... it was an incredible honor for me to honor them," said Bentley. "I hope that by shining a light on the completely selfless volunteer work they do, it will maybe inspire other folks to do what they can in their own communities. I was really drawn to their real-life experience, and I wanted to do a video based on real people with real struggles and real triumphs. These are the people I get to meet every day, and they are really the ones who have inspired this music."

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