February 19.2015 – Story Behind “But For The Grace Of God” by Keith Urban

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“But for the Grace of God” is a song co-written by Urban, Charlotte Caffey and Jane Wiedlin. It was released in November 2000 as the third single from the album Keith Urban. “But for the Grace of God” became Urban’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart on February 24, 2001; the song spent one week at No. 1.

In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and charted four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year. He found work as a session guitarist before starting a band known as The Ranch, which recorded one studio album on Capitol Nashville and charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Still signed to Capitol, Urban made his solo American debut in 1999 with the album Keith Urban. Certified platinum in the US, it produced his first Number One on Hot Country Songs with “But for the Grace of God”.

LYRICS:
I can hear the neighbors
They’re arguin’ again
And there hasn’t been peace on our street
Since who knows when
I don’t mean to listen in
But the shoutin’ is so loud
I turn up the radio to drown it out
And silently I say a little prayer.

But for the grace of God, go I
I must of been born a lucky guy
Heaven only knows how I’ve been blessed
With the gift of your love
And I look around and all I see
Is your happiness embracing me
Oh, Lord I’d be lost
But for the grace of God.

I can see that old man
He’s walkin’ past our door
And I’ve been told that he’s rich
But he seems so poor
‘Cause no one comes to call on him
And his phone, it never riings
He wanders through his empty home
Surrounded by his things
And silently I say a little prayer, yes I do

But for the grace of God, go I
I must of been born a lucky guy
Heaven only knows how I’ve been blessed
With the gift of your love
And I look around and all I see
Is your happiness embracing me
Oh, Lord I’d be lost
But for the grace of God.

Whoa, hmm

And I look around and all I see
Is your happiness embracin’ me
Oh, Lord I’d be lost
But for the grace of God, yeah.
I’d be lost but for the grace of God, yeah.

Ooh, woh…

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