On Sunday, October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, while Jason Aldean was on stage. Fifty-eight people were killed, making it the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the United States. Eric Church had performed at the festival earlier in the weekend; he told Rolling Stone
that the tragedy affected his creative process, blocking him up creatively while trying to write songs for his sixth album.
"I was a little lost for a while. I think, like a lot of people, I was in a little bit of a funk after something like that," he said. "I was still a little burned out. A little bit going through the motions. I think that's part of what happened when I first went into the studio, is I still wasn't quite ready to get there."
Here, a heartbroken Church sings about trying to find his way since his lover left him. He is a desperate man and will try anything.I've seen the Joshua Tree
Got down on my knees
Threw the Virgin Mother a prayer
I've walked glass barefooted
Strolled 'cross the devil's hot coal
I've tried everything, I swear