Brantley Gilbert’s ‘Man That Hung the Moon’ is a Father’s Day Message [LISTEN]
Many fans know and love Brantley Gilbert for hard-partying hits like "Kick it in the Sticks" and "Bottoms Up," but the singer says that these days, when he wants to write rowdy, he typically has to draw on memories of earlier days.
"Being married and being a dad now, life's different. The things I'm doing daily are different," Gilbert explains backstage at the 2019 CMA Fest. However, his just-released new ballad, "Man That Hung the Moon," was inspired by an important -- and deeply personal -- aspect of his life today: Fatherhood.
"You're gonna think I hung the moon / You're gonna think I made the sky / That the sun rises and sets inside of my eyes / And it won't be long 'til I hear 'Daddy's home' and footsteps running to / The man that hung the moon..." Gilbert sings in the chorus. While the song acknowledges that every kid thinks of the world of their dad, its message is ultimately meant for the day when his kids find out that their father is not, in fact, the hero they assumed him to be.
That day will come for Gilbert sooner than it will for other fathers. A self-described "what you see is what you get guy," the singer has shared many of the ups and downs of his life with the public.
"They're gonna know sooner than other [children know about their dads] that I'm not a superhero. I don't have a cape, and I can't fly," he relates. "I wanted them to have a song that they could listen to and know, 'At one point, you're gonna figure out I'm not a superhero, and you're gonna need more than me. Hopefully I've done my job well enough to show you that when that time comes, there is a man who really did hang the moon, and who's got your back now, and always will.'"
Released just in time for Father's Day (June 16), "Man That Hung the Moon" follows "What Happens in a Small Town," a duet with Lindsay Ell. That song is the first single off of Gilbert's next studio album.
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