Song of the Day #2,727: ‘Parachute’ – Chris Stapleton

chris_stapleton_travellerBest Songs of 2015 – #15
‘Traveller’ – Chris Stapleton

Like the rest of the world, I was introduced to Chris Stapleton through his performance alongside Justin Timberlake on the Country Music Awards.

Stapleton has such a rich, powerful voice that it’s a mystery why he has toiled away as a writer of hits for other artists without earning much attention as a performer himself. But that all changed in November.

With debut album Traveller, Stapleton has a hit on his hands, and deservedly so. The record is a catalog of traditional country and southern rock styles, mostly about the troubles of whiskey-soaked men. In addition to the usual country influences, I hear a little Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton as well as one of Stapleton’s professed idols, Tom Petty.

It’s tough to pick a favorite song from an album that’s solid start to finish, but ‘Parachute’ is the one I responded to first.

[Verse 1]
Street lights along the highway
Throwing shadows in the dark
And the memories keep on turning
To the rhythm of a broken heart

[Chorus]
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 you have left to hold
Sun comes up and goes back down
And falling feels like flying till you hit the ground
Say the word and I’ll be there for you
Baby, I will be your parachute

[Verse 2]
There’s a song that I remember
I never learned to play
And a lifetime of forgotten words
I never got to say

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
If you think you’re going down
Just know I will be around

[Chorus]

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,727: ‘Parachute’ – Chris Stapleton

  1. Dana says:

    I hear the influences you mention in this song. Pretty good stuff.

  2. Amy says:

    Huh… I missed that introduction on the CMA’s, so I just saw him for the first time this morning when watching last night’s recorded SNL. Talented guy – and band – but I didn’t hear the Tom Petty resemblance in that performance. Still, I love that he “came out of nowhere” to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. What a great story.

  3. Ann says:

    I LOVE this song! And, at first, I thought it was Eric Clapton. He’s awesome.

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