A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young

Album: The Outsiders (2014)
Charted: 89
  • Co-written with "Hell on the Heart" collaborator Jeremy Spillman, this sparse acoustic ballad finds Church mulling over reaching the second half of his thirties and outliving both Jesus and Hank Williams. "You look in the mirror for the first time and there's a couple gray hairs around your temple and you think back to when you were 25," he told Billboard magazine. "I didn't think I'd live long enough to have gray hair. We've been doing this for awhile. Fans have been growing with me. I'm not afraid of the fact that I'm 36. I'm proud."
  • This is one of the most honest tunes that Church has ever written. He told Radio.com: "That song talks about turning 36, it talks about finding your first gray hairs. And the honesty there - I think too many people, if you are 46 you want to look 36, and if you're 36 you want to look 26. I didn't want to do that. I've earned the gray hairs. So I wanted to show that level of honesty."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Trucking Songs That Were #1 HitsSong Writing

The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking.

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

Macabre Mother Goose: The Dark Side of Children's SongsSong Writing

"London Bridge," "Ring Around the Rosie" and "It's Raining, It's Pouring" are just a few examples of shockingly morbid children's songs.

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Mike Love of The Beach BoysSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer/lyricist of The Beach Boys talks about coming up with the words for "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Kokomo" and other classic songs.

Victoria WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

Despite appearances on Carson, Leno and a Pennebaker film, Williams remains a hidden treasure.