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Chris Stapleton Dreamed the Chorus to One of His Hit Songs, Woke Up and Completed the Lyrics

by Chris Haney
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Dreams are a funny thing. Most of the time they don’t even make sense and end up as an afterthought once we wake up and start our day. However, for country star Chris Stapleton, the chorus of one of his early hits came to him one night while asleep.

While recording songs for his 2015 debut studio album Traveller, Stapleton woke up with a chorus on his mind. It wasn’t just an idea either. The full chorus had written itself. While speaking to Bobby Bones on his show recently, the country singer revealed that he dreamed the chorus to his single “Parachute.”

“‘Parachute’ was actually a chorus I dreamed. I woke up from a dream, and had dreamed the entire chorus to ‘Parachute.’ And I walked into a writing point with Jim Beavers and said, ‘You’re gonna think I’m crazy, but I dreamed this chorus last night. We should write this song.’ And that’s what that song is,” Chris Stapleton said on The Bobby Bones Show.

You only need a roof when it’s raining
You only need a fire when it’s cold
You only need a drink when the whiskey
Is the only thing that you have left to hold
Sun comes up and goes back down
And falling feels like flying ’til you hit the ground
Say the word and I’ll be there for you
Baby, I will be your parachute

Those are the words that came to Chris Stapleton in his dream, which he proceeded to record. “Parachute” became the third single off of Traveller – co-written in that writing session with Beavers. In addition, he performed “Parachute” live at the CMT Music Awards in June 2016.

If only it was that easy all the time for songwriters. Unfortunately for the country musician, it’s likely a one-time deal since he said he rarely remembers his dreams. However, while working on his debut album, only one of Chris Stapleton’s songs came to him that easily.

The title track from his album Traveller, helped change his life forever back in 2015 upon its release. Accolades poured in, with “Traveller” receiving nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards, winning the latter.

According to SongFacts, they share the inspiration for the song in Stapleton’s own words. In fact, the title track off his debut solo album “was inspired by some soul-searching in the desert.”

“My father passed away in October 2013, and [I] had a single die around the same time on radio. So I needed a little head clearing space,” Chris Stapleton recalled. “My wife had the presence of mind to know me well enough that I needed that. She bought me an old jeep out in Phoenix, Arizona, and we flew out there and decided to drive it home.”

“Along the way, just driving through the desert, I was thinking about life and how we’re all just passing through it and that’s what the song is,” he continued. “So, as I was driving, I was humming lyrics into my phone and wrote the song then and there.”

“Somewhere in New Mexico, probably,” Stapleton says, “that song was born.”