The song was written Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Mark Holman with Morgan in mind, and Morgan said it immediately brought him to tears upon hearing it:
“Some of my friends sent me a song today, I was on the way back home from playing a little golf, and they wrote this song with me in on their mind and made me cry in the truck.”
An obvious nod to Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” it tells a bit of a different story of a young singer/songwriter who’s living hard and fast, chasing whiskey and women until the wheels fall off. But he knows that, as hard as he is on himself and other people, there’s hope in knowing that Jesus doesn’t think about things quite the same way we humans do.
I absolutely love the production on this song, too, and he kept it extremely simple and stripped back on the studio version from what I could hear in the short clip, which is awesome. I always love how his voice sounds on anything more simple and acoustic.
The lyrics are top-notch, as well, and I love the sentiment of releasing the song on Good Friday considering the nature and meaning of the track:
“If I was him I’d say to hell with you, ain’t no helping you, find someone else to give Heaven to, I’m telling you, I’d shame me, I blame me, I’d make me pay for my mistakes, Oh, but I don’t think Jesus does it that way.”
Considering all the stuff that he’s been through over the last year or so, it hits home just a little bit more, and I honestly think this is one of the best songs he’s put out so far from what I’ve heard already.
It stands to be another massive hit, no doubt about that: