Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are the famous American country duo that started in 1990. Known for their two number-one songs ‘My Maria‘ and ‘Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You‘, Brooks & Dunn, as they are popularly called, became well known for their hit song ‘Believe‘. It is a country ballad featuring Ronnie Dunn as the lead vocal.

Recorded by the duo, Believe was written by Ronnie Dunn and Craig Wiseman, and released in 2005 as the second single from their album Hillbilly Deluxe. It won Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards in 2006.

‘Believe’

Considered a sad country song, Believe describes the narrator’s childhood encounter with an old man whom he calls “Old Man Wrigley”. 

He tells in the first verse of how he came to become friends with the old man after the narrator’s mother would send him over to the old man’s house with “things” (presumably food, groceries, newspapers, etc.).

Through conversation, he discovers that Old Man Wrigley’s wife and son have both died, and then asks the man how he is able to prevent himself from losing his sanity over their deaths. The old man then responds by saying that he will soon see them in heaven when he passes away because of his faith in God, to which he further explains to the narrator in the first chorus.

In the second verse, the narrator tells of how he discovered that Old Man Wrigley died shortly after he moved off to college. After discovering this, he reflects on his memories of the old man, stating that he felt that the man deserved to go to heaven

“If there was ever anybody deserved a ticket to the other side. It’d be that sweet old man…”

The song’s bridge then finds the narrator asserting his own faith as well while attending Old Man Wrigley’s funeral.

Song Lyrics

This Brooks and Dunn’s song digs deep into one’s emotion as it is evident in its lyrics.

Check out the song and watch the video below.

Old man Wrigley lived in that white house Down the street where i grew up Momma used to send me over with things We struck a friendship up I spent a few long summers out on his old porch swin

Says he was in the war when in the navy
Lost his wife, lost his baby
Broke down and asked him one time
How ya keep from going crazy
He said I’ll see my wife and son in just a little while
I asked him what he meant
He looked at me and smiled, said

[Chorus]

I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what i can see
Oh i believe

Few years later i was off at college
Talkin’ to mom on the phone one night
Getting all caught up on the gossip
The ins and outs of the small town life
She said oh by the way son, old man Wrigley’s died.

Later on that night, i laid there thinkin’ back
Thought ’bout a couple long-lost summers
I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh
If there was ever anybody deserved a ticket to the other side
It’d be that sweet old man who looked me in the eye, said

[Chorus]

I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what i can see

I can’t quote the book
The chapter or the verse
You can’t tell me it all ends
In a slow ride in a hearse
You know I’m more and more convinced
The longer that i live
Yeah, this can’t be
No, this can’t be
No, this can’t be all there is

[Chorus]

When I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what i can see
I believe
Oh, I
I believe
I believe
I believe
I believe
I believe