Garth Brooks Gets Emotional, Has to Restart ‘Belleau Wood’ on Christmas TV Special

by Jennifer Shea

Country star Garth Brooks was really feeling it when he played “Belleau Wood” on the recent Christmas special “Garth & Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event.”

Garth Brooks Tears Up

As Brooks was singing the song, his emotions got the better of him and he had to stop the performance.

“I’m gonna get this,” Brooks vowed, wiping away a tear. Then he steadied himself and began to play again.

“Belleau Wood” is a song about the World War I Christmas ceasefires along the Western Front between British, French and German soldiers. Brooks co-wrote it with Joe Henry for his 1997 album Sevens.

According to People, Brooks’ fans on social media had specifically asked him to perform the song. The format of the special allowed people to send in requests for Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood. 

When a producer told Brooks and Yearwood that “Belleau Wood” was next, Yearwood was sympathetic.

“Good luck, buddy,” she told her husband. “Because this one makes me cry, and I never cry.”

A Resonant Song

Brooks told the audience that he usually performs a shortened version of the song. But for the Christmas special, he performed “Belleau Wood” in its entirety.

“I don’t know how long it’s been since I played the whole version, but if it’s not too much for you guys, I’d like to play the whole song,” Brooks said, launching into the performance.

When he was done with the song, Brooks told the audience he loves the song’s message.

“It’s so pretty,” he said. “And when you’re sitting there going, ‘Here’s hoping we both live to see us find a better way,'” its message resonates, he added.

Brooks and Yearwood performed from their home recording studio, Studio G. 

Last month, Brooks released Fun, his 14th studio album. It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.