"Doing Life With Me" is a reflective acoustic ballad where Eric Church expresses gratitude for those who stuck by him through thick and thin during his musical journey.
In this song, Church admits he can be difficult company.
It ain't easy puttin' up with
A road dog with a cup with
A little Jack in it
Church is thankful for those loyal family, friends, band, road crew and fans, who could easily have walked away.
Am I livin' givin' thanks for the ships I never sank?
Every big, every little in the everyday things
The notes and the words in the songs I sing
To the ones doin' life with me
He's especially grateful to his music publisher wife, Katherine Blasingame, whom he married on January 8, 2008 and has stayed with him ever since.
Coulda easily said goodbye to
This runaway train you're tied to
I know I don't get it
Baby, how you roll with it
The gentle, vulnerable tune is one of 28 songs Church and his band recorded in early 2020 during a marathon writing session in a rural North Carolina cabin.
The credited singers and musicians are:
Vocals: Eric Church, Joanna Cotton
Acoustic guitar, background vocals: Jeffrey Steele
Acoustic guitar: Jeff Hyde
Bass: Lee Hendricks
Electric guitar, mandolin: Charlie Worsham
Electric guitar, keyboards: Jay Joyce
Piano, synthesizer: Billy Justineau
Drums: Craig Wright
The song originated when Church popped into the writer's cabin where Jeffrey Steele and Casey Beathard were staying. There were a couple of different elements that fused together.
It started with a little riff that Steele had, which went "up and down" Church's neck. Then Beathard walked in and said "Man, I had this lady I was just talking to and talking about her husband and she goes 'I guess that's what he gets for doing life with me.'"
Church thought that was an interesting idea, and using Steele's riff they turned the lady's comment into a song.