Parker McCollum Nails Acoustic Cover of Gary Allan’s ‘Life Ain’t Always Beautiful’

by Charles Craighill
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Today, Parker McCollum appeared on the Bobby Bones Radiothon to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On the show, they briefly chatted about his experience with St. Jude’s before McCollum played a song. Parker McCollum decided to pull out a tear-jerker with Gary Allan’s song “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” which he played on acoustic guitar.

The acoustic performance was both beautiful and fitting as he played for the St. Jude Radiothon. This event supports children suffering from illness. In a touching way, the song talks about overcoming hard times and fighting through adversity. For example, the opening lines talk about hardship, but the final lines talk about making the most of it.

The opening lines are “Life ain’t always beautiful / Sometimes it’s just plain hard. / Life can knock you down. / it can break your heart,” touching on the difficulty of life. Then, the closing lines are “life ain’t always beautiful / but it’s a beautiful ride,” making the most of the difficulty.

Parker McCollum and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Many of the children St. Jude helps live with terminal illnesses and diseases that make the joys of living hard to see. With the help of donations and the support from caring individuals, we can help bring those joys of life to them.

Parker McCollum is one of the many caring individuals that has visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital to bring joy to the kids. In the performance on the Bobby Bones Show, he talked about his visit.

“I actually just took off my bracelet from it the other day,” he added. “The letters were all worn off.” He talked about his visit back in the Spring. “I thought it was really cool. That was legitimately the first time I had been around kids that were ill or a children’s hospital or anything like that. I was honestly kind of nervous going in because I thought none of these kids know who I am. They could care less, they just light up when you walk in the room.”