Shelby Kennedy and Philip White wrote this country-pop song. It recounts the trials and tribulations of a premature baby who grows up to be a single mom juggling two jobs and raising her kids. As a strong woman who experienced a divorce and the tragic loss of her entire band in a 1991 plane crash, Reba McEntire fit this song of resilience perfectly. She could relate to the story of a woman who survives difficult circumstances with the help of "God's amazing grace."
McEntire recorded this as one of three new songs for her third compilation album, Greatest Hits Volume III: I'm a Survivor. Released as its lead single on September 6, 2001, it peaked at #49 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Country chart.
McEntire co-produced the song with Tony Brown. It features the following musicians:
Guitars: Steve Gibson
Bass: Michael Rhodes
Drums: Paul Leim
Keyboards: Steve Nathan and Matt Rollings
Backing Vocals: Russell Terrell and Kim Parent.
McEntire recorded an altered version as the theme song for her WB sitcom Reba, which aired from October 5, 2001 to February 18, 2007. The show's lyrics are as follows:
My roots are planted in the past,
Though my life is changing fast,
Who I am is who I want to be.
A single mom, who works too hard,
Who loves her kids and never stops.
With gentle hands and the heart of a fighter.
I'm a survivor.
In 2021, the song received a new life from TikTok when the social platform users started showing the amusing things
that make them a "survivor." McEntire got in on the trend filming herself trying to feed her donkeys.