Brantley Gilbert, ‘One Hell of an Amen’ [Listen]
Brantley Gilbert showcases some of the depth on his latest album ‘Just as I Am’ during a stirring ballad called ‘One Hell of an Amen.’ The song is based on a true story, and Gilbert is at no loss for emphasis.
‘One Hell of an Amen’ begins with a salute to fallen American soldiers before becoming even more personal with the story of a friend who died of cancer.
“That's one hell of an amen / That's the only way to go / Fightin' the good fight, til the good Lord calls you home,” he sings to begin each chorus.
Gilbert’s attachment to the story is tough to ignore during the second verse. Brian Davis and Mike Dekle helped him pen ‘One Hell of an Amen’ after a USO tour in 2013, and he leaked it on Facebook shortly afterward.
“Doctor said he ain't got long / He just smiled, said, 'Bring it on / If you think I'm scared / You got it all wrong,'” he sings. “'A little cancer can't break me / My heart's right and I believe / We all hit our knees / And started prayin’.'”
Gilbert released back-to-back party songs before showcasing some of the emotional depth on his latest album. There’s plenty of it. In fact, ‘One Hell of an Amen’ is more representative of what can be found on ‘Just as I Am’ than either of his previous two singles.
Why Fans Will Love It: It's a powerful way to say goodbye to a loved one.
Key Lyrics: "So, be well, my friend / Til' I see you again / This is our last goodbye / But it's a hell of an amen"
Did You Know?: Like all of Gilbert's songs, this one was inspired by actual circumstances. He lost a dear friend to cancer and witnessed a close friend deal with the loss of a friend killed in combat in Iraq.
Listen to Brantley Gilbert, ‘One Hell of an Amen’
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