Garth Brooks Sings the Worst Song He’s Ever Written at Benefit Concert [WATCH]
Every songwriter pens a dud every so often. Even Garth Brooks. The country superstar shared one of his worst songs ever with an audience in Nashville on Tuesday night (March 1).
Named “Anybody But Bill,” the catchy, toe-tappin’ tune is written from the point of view of a man telling his wife that, if he dies, he wants her to have a good, love-filled life without him … just not with Bill, Jim or Dick.
“Anybody but Bill / Know he used to be Jill / Oh, it’s gotta be true, ’cause I heard at the bar …,” the song goes. The second verse continues with, “… Don’t tell me it’s Jim / God, I never liked him / I never cared for the way he always stares at them …,” and a third verse goes, “Dick / Not exactly my pick / Just the thought of it kinda makes me get real sick …”
“I think, probably, in the vein of “Unanswered Prayers,” in the vein of “Tomorrow Never Comes” …” Brooks joked with the audience before beginning “Anybody But Bill,” “… this song probably came out of that vein.”
Press play on the video above to watch Brooks’ performance, part of the second annual “The First and the Worst” benefit concert, which benefited the Music Health Alliance. Brooks, who was filling in for the originally booked Chris Stapleton, was joined onstage by Lee Brice, Jessi Alexander, Bobby Braddock and Sandy Knox. They all performed the first song they ever wrote, as well as the worst song they’ve ever written.
“The idea came to me when I was teaching my songwriting classes at the University of Texas,” Knox explains to the Tennessean. “The first day of class, just to make the students feel more at ease, I would share with them the early songs that I wrote when I was a teenager just starting out, so they could see no one starts out writing hit songs. They would love it and laugh and be put at ease.”
In addition to some duds, the audience also got to hear, among others, Brooks’ “That Summer” and Brice’s “More Than a Memory” (made famous by Brooks) and “I Drive Your Truck.” Jon Randall and Trisha Yearwood also made special guest appearances.
The event raised more than $200,000 for the Music Health Alliance, which, since its founding three years ago, has secured over $10 million dollars in healthcare resources and given 4,100 music industry members access to doctors, medicine, health insurance and financial assistance.
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