The bluegrass tune takes a slightly darker, more cautionary tone than McGraw and Hubbard’s “Undivided,” with Combs singing, “We’re striking matches on the TV/ Setting fires on our phones…we’re all so far, far apart now, it’s as deep as it is wide/ We’re about to fall apart now/ Of we can’t reach the other side/ We’ve gotta find a way across the great divide.”
The song turns to the positive as Combs notes he’s seen strangers love each other “like a mother does her son/ What we see ain’t all that’s going on.”
Combs says the song, which he co-wrote with Strings and Wyatt Durrette, was slated for an unfinished bluegrass project he is working on, but he decided he couldn’t wait to put it out. “It felt like the right time to put this song out. When we wrote it, there were a lot of crazy things going on in the world,” he says. “There’s still a lot of crazy things going on in the world. And I just felt like I had some stuff to say. It’s not meant to be political. It’s not meant to try and tell you what to think or tell you how to believe. That’s not my job. It’s just a guy kinda saying the way he was feeling when he wrote it.”
Strings added, “This song is our interpretation of the conflicts and tension we had been witnessing/experiencing around the time we wrote it. We wanted to shine a little light on the situation and offer a bit of hope during what has been a tough time for many.”
Charlie Worsham plays mandolin and banjo on the midtempo tune.
Country artists have been stepping up to use music to try to heal the rifts in the nation in this bruising political environment. Additionally, Mitch Rossell released the prayerful “2020,” while both The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (with several guests) and Roy Feek have recorded a new version Bob Dylan’s civil rights classic “The Times They Are A-Changin’.”