Carrie Underwood‘s powerful new album, Cry Pretty is full of inspiration and love – but this one song, in particular, will shake you to your core.
There is no getting around the fact that “The Bullet” is a tearjerker. For anyone who has lost someone to violence – it will stir up feelings we often try to hide. And despite the high emotions surrounding the song, Underwood didn’t shy away from it.
Underwood explained in an interview with Stellar magazine that “It’s a beautiful and powerful song, and I thought for a long time whether or not I was the one to deliver its message.”
The singer confirms that she wanted to use the song as a platform to continue keeping the memory of those lost at the October 1st Route 91 massacre that happened last year in Las Vegas.
She continued to tell Stellar, “Unfortunately, too many events have happened…”
The Route 91 massacre was the deadliest mass shooting in modern-day American history. 22,000 people from all over the US attended the festival. After enjoying several sets and singing along with their favorite songs, everything came to a screeching halt during Jason Aldean‘s set when a gunman open-fired on the event.
58 people lost their lives that night while 851 others were injured. It changed the lives of every individual present – and – as Carrie explains in her newly released song, the bullets kept going through the families and lives interrupted by the painful experience.
The haunting chorus reminds us that it is not just the victim who suffers – but anyone who loves them as well. “Through every branch of his family tree/ Every birthday that he’ll never see/ Every chance to live a good life that was stolen/ Through the son he’ll never get to raise/ His daughter on her wedding day/ Wishin’ it was his hands she was holdin’/ ‘Till every heart that’s left to break is broken/ The bullet keeps on goin”
This isn’t the first time Underwood had us in tears with a compassionate tribute to the victims of Route 91. In November 2017, just one month after the horrific event – she had country music fans everywhere captivated by her profound “Softly and Tenderly” performance at the CMAs.
Underwood mentions that her song can mean something to anyone who has felt the heartbreak of death or personally witnessed it. She tells Stellar, “But too many people are going to relate to it — whether in the military, if they’re cops, or just people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a song that needed to be sung.”
You can listen to the full song below and please look into helping victims and their families. Stoney’s Rockin Country is hosting a #VegasStrong benefit show on September 30th with all proceeds going to #LoveWins.