Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut ‘Raise ‘Em Up’ Lyric Video
'Raise 'Em Up' was written by Tom Douglas, Jeffrey Steele and Jaren Johnston. Although Church typically only records songs he wrote, 'Raise 'Em Up' resonated so strongly with him that he felt a personal connection to the powerful lyrics.
"My first thought was, 'I wish I'd written it,'" Church admits (quote via Rolling Stone Country). "And I wished that because I feel like we did. If we sat down and wrote a song, it would be that kind of song. It's artistic and has a lot of depth, but it's about something so universal."
With lines like, "Black umbrellas in the pourin' rain / Sunday morning coming down / Amazing Grace / Lift those tear-filled eyes up to the sky / And as the flag flies, say goodbye / Tonight we're gonna raise 'em up," Urban says he knew from the first time he heard the song that he wanted to make it a duet with Church.
“It’s such a cinematic song as well, and I’ve always considered Eric to be a very cinematic artist,” Urban notes. “I sent him the song, and he was in the studio immediately. I’m so glad he wanted to be a part of it because it took the song to a new place.”
Church couldn't agree more.
"When you get a song like that, the key is to try to take that song to a place that, when the songwriters envision that song, maybe they hadn't conceived yet," he adds. "For Keith and I, it was about taking a great song and doing all we could to deliver that song, but at the same time maybe add to it and take it to a whole different level."
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