Riley Green has started the year off hot on socials, teasing one of the saddest songs of 2024 (so far). After you listen to the lyrics, it may stay in the top ranks throughout the whole year!
Titled 'I Couldn't Fit That On A Sign', Green posted an acoustic performance of the unreleased song on January 6, which shares the tale of a homeless man with quite the story to tell.
The opening lines of the woeful tune say, "There was a man I used to pass on my way into town / He was covered in dirt like the world had beat him down / I often wondered how he ended up like that / So one night driving home I pulled over to ask / I said 'Man, where'd it all go wrong?' / He said 'Son, do you really want to know?'."
Recounting the man's litany of hardships he's faced through his life, Green sings of his being abandoned by his father, his mother dying when he was only eight after a battle with cancer, being shipped off to war, losing his job and his home, alcoholism, fertility issues with the man's first wife and more.
Serving as the latest in a long line of story songs in country, the hook comes at the end of each chorus, with Green singing: "It's hard to see all that just driving by / So I just write down 'Jesus Saves' cause there ain't no way I can fit that on a sign," referring to the signs often donned by homeless individuals on the side of the road.
One of Green's most moving and emotional songs to date, 'I Couldn't Fit That On A Sign' pulls on similar heartstrings as his career-defining hit, 'I Wish Grandpas Never Died', but this one feels all the more morose.
Green's newest teaser comes not even three months after the release of his acclaimed record, Ain't My Last Rodeo, which found the burgeoning country star honing in on a brand of ‘lifestyle country’ that he's become synonymous with.
The Alabama native has a busy year ahead of him as his Ain't My Last Rodeo Tour kicks off on February 22, with special appearances from Tracy Lawrence and newcomer Ella Langley.
If the handful of teasers are any indication, there's a decent chance that 2024 will also bring even more great music from the red-hot entertainer.
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