But for the Grace of God

Album: Keith Urban (1999)
Charted: 37
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • The third single released from Keith Urban's self-titled debut American album, this became his first #1 country hit when it topped the chart on February 24, 2001. It was also Urban's first song to reach the Top 40 on the Hot 100.
  • Urban wrote the song with Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin from The Go-Gos, a collaboration that Urban was initially unenthusiastic about.

    Urban recalled in 2016: "From The Go-Go's session that I did with the two girls, I just thought it was a disastrous idea to begin with, theoretically it looks pretty bad. They had these ideas, and they were tossing out these ideas, and they were just so not me. It was so mismatched, and I was uncomfortable and squirming in my chair, and I was like, 'Oh, wow! (laughs) whatever.' And it was it. We decided this was a complete waste of time, let's go get something to eat, and then Charlotte said, 'Well, I've got this title called 'But For the Grace of God,' and boom, the song came out."

Comments: 2

  • Jim M from Austin , TexasWho is the female acoustic guitar player in the but for the grace of god video?
  • AnonymousWho us the female guitarist in but for tge grace of god video
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Annie Haslam of Renaissance

Annie Haslam of RenaissanceSongwriter Interviews

The 5-octave voice of the classical rock band Renaissance, Annie is big on creative expression. In this talk, she covers Roy Wood, the history of the band, and where all the money went in the '70s.

Guy Clark

Guy ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett are just a few of the artists who have looked to Clark for insightful, intelligent songs.

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?

What Musicians Are Related to Other Musicians?Song Writing

A big list of musical marriages and family relations ranging from the simple to the truly dysfunctional.

Leslie West of Mountain

Leslie West of MountainSongwriter Interviews

From the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real Group

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupSong Writing

The leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.