Brantley Gilbert’s new single “Stone Cold Sober” is a true-to-life power ballad about a drunk dial that doesn’t go far enough. For some, alcohol is truth serum, even if we try to hide it the next day. Gilbert isn’t hiding a thing.

The singer says the song was inspired by a phone call he placed to his wife Amber about 10 years ago. Brett James and Dan Layus were working on it and he jumped in to help finish.

“I let the whiskey talk / And baby it said too much / I got the feeling now / It didn't say enough / Cause I'm waking up alone / Missing that midnight kiss / I can't promise you forever / All I know is I still want you to come over / And I'm stone cold sober,” he sings during the chorus.

Sonically, it’s true to songs previously released from Just as I Am, although one will only find this song on the Platinum Edition, released in May. Read Gilbert's full explanation of how the lyrics apply to him here, or just listen to the first verse.

“I guess I said some thing's last night / That usually in the morning light I regret / Like double shots and cigarettes / Said things like ‘I love you baby and ‘I know I sound crazy but let's just work this out / yeah and maybe settle down,’” Gilbert sings in his familiar spoken-word style, before becoming more melodic.

“I woke up hungover / But still had to call you / Cause I just realized girl / That maybe it was all true.”

“Stone Cold Sober” is a songwriter’s showcase that fans will need to dive into to fully appreciate. There’s nothing hooky about the track, but one only needs to go as far as his last single — the chart-topping “One Hell of an Amen” — to see this works for the just-married singer from Georgia.

Why Fans Will Love It: "Stone Cold Sober" is a sincere love song told from a fresh perspective.

Key Lyrics: "Cause I'm waking up alone / Missing that midnight kiss / I can't promise you forever / All I know is I still want you to come over / And I'm stone cold sober."

Did You Know?: Now sober, Gilbert says he doesn't mind when people drink around him. He says the only thing that makes him uncomfortable is when people who would normally enjoy a beer don't because he's around.

Listen to Brantley Gilbert, "Stone Cold Sober"

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