December 3.2015 – Story Behind “One Hell Of An Amen” by Brantley Gilbert

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“One Hell Of An Amen” was partially inspired by a fallen hero. “One of my dearest friends from back home was an Army Ranger,” Brantley Gilbert explained to Billboard magazine. “He lost his best friend over there, and watched it happen. The guy was in front of him in a Humvee, and he got hit and blown up. He was telling me about the situation and talking to the guys’ dad and his family, and how much that affected him.”

Gilbert was moved and put his feelings to paper. “I wasn’t with my friend Josh, but the feelings I felt when he was telling me the story were nowhere near close to what he felt, but visually I felt like I could see it. I felt like I was there,” he said. “I actually got a chance to meet his friend’s sister at a show.”

“The first verse of ‘One Hell Of An Amen’ talks about a soldier’s funeral,” Gilbert added. “It’s real broad and general, but after meeting her, it hit me even harder. #1 singles are cool, and they are a blessing, but the most rewarding part of my job is when a person comes up to me and says ‘That song you wrote helped me through this situation.’ Talking with her about that song, it really hit home hard. It felt like the right place to write it from.

Brantley Gilbert wrote “One Hell Of An Amen” with Brian Davis and Mike Dekle after he returned from a USO tour in 2013.

“I always said I was a supporter of the military, but I went over and did the USO tour, and I think that had a lot to do with inspiring some of that,” he continued. “Especially that story is just close to my heart. I really wanted to raise attention to our military and that ultimate sacrifice, that we do get to be free and do our jobs.”

Brantley says this about “One Hell Of An Amen”; This might not be a real popular opinion these days, but this song was a ‘God thing,’ in my heart and in my mind.”

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Lyrics:
Preacher said he died too young
Over there totin’ that gun
For Uncle Sam and our freedom
Mom and Daddy dressed in black
They folded up that flag
Handed it dad, and started prayin’
Yeah he went out twenty one guns blazin’

That’s one hell of an amen
That’s the only way to go
Fightin’ the good fight
Til the good Lord calls you home
And so be well my friend
‘Til I see you again
This is our last goodbye
It’s a hell of an amen, amen

Doctor said he ain’t got long
He just smiled said bring it on
Well if you think I’m scared
You got me all wrong
No a little cancer can’t break me
My heart’s right and I believe
We all hit our knees
And started prayin’
Naw he never gave up
Said the good Lord’s waitin’

And that’s one hell of an amen
That’s the only way to go
Fightin’ the good fight
Til the good Lord calls you home
So be well my friend
‘Til I see you again
Yeah this is our last goodbye
It’s a hell of an amen

So be well my friend
‘Til I see you again
This is our last goodbye
But it’s a hell of an amen, amen, that’s a hell of amen

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