Dancing With the Beast
's lead single finds Gretchen Peters
singing of an old woman who still manages to approach each day with a tenacious resolve, despite suffering a great deal in life.
"In retrospect, I think there's a lot of my mother in there," Peters reflected to The Boot
. "My mom died in late 2016, when she was 93 years old. She was a no-bulls--t person. By the time she was into her 90s, she had kind of seen it all. And [the character in that song] is one of my favorite characters."