Garth Brooks is telling fans that the 2 second track on his new album Fun was intentional and serves a very important purpose. Some had questioned why the country music icon left what sounded like dead air on the album, but Brooks said it was necessary.
The reason, he said during the most recent episode of his weekly Facebook show, was to give fans a moment to process the No. 12 track Where the Cross Don’t Burn.
“It’s not like I’m superstitious, knock on wood,” he said in a recent Inside Studio G. “You know, they say superstition is the lack of faith. For me, I don’t think it hurts to have both. I’m sorry, I don’t . . . What I wanted after ‘Where the Cross Don’t Burn,’ I wanted four or five seconds of just silence to kinda absorb what that song said, and [Track 13] having to play for two or three seconds to register for the computers and then move on to [Track] 14. It all fell perfectly together.”
The song, written by Troy Jones and Phil Thomas, discusses the friendship between a young white boy and older black man in the segregated South. A topic familiar to country music fans.
This isn’t the first time Brooks has used the 13th track on an album as a buffer. According to TheCountryDaily.Com, track 13 on Brooks’ Double Live album was only six seconds of crowd noises.
Brooks released his Fun, his first studio album in four years, last week. He also released last week Triple Live Deluxe a new live album.
Garth Brooks, Charley Pride Duet Almost Didn’t Happen
Where the Cross Don’t Burn is getting a lot of attention since the release of Fun. But it nearly wasn’t on the album at all. Garth Brooks recently told CMT that he had the song in his back pocket for a decade, but kept putting off recording it. He assumed he would have enough time eventually to sit down with Pride and cut the track.
That notion was cruelly ripped away after a false report said Pride, 86, was dead.
“I’m embarrassed to tell you this story,” Brooks told CMT. “But there was something on the internet that said that Charley Pride has passed away. I kicked the table, and Miss Yearwood said, ’What is wrong?!’
“And I said, ‘I (expletive) it up again.’ Another thing in my life that I’ve wanted to do — a song I’ve been holding onto for ten years — and I waited,” Brooks continued. “I just waited too long for my big a– to get it done. But then the next day, it came out that that was a false report. So I called Charley and (his wife) Miss Rozene that day. I said, ‘Hey can we just get this done?’ So I don’t know how karma works. I don’t know how signs are. But my silver lining in the misinformation highway was that it got me to do what I should’ve done ten years ago. And I thought Charley was fantastic.”
Pride was recently awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the ACM Awards.