“But for the Grace of God” has definitely put Keith Urban on the map as a major artist in the country music industry. Released in 2000 as the third single from Urban’s self-titled American debut album, the song became the country singer’s first No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart just a few months after it was released – it remained in that position for a week.
Interestingly, Urban ended a two-and-a-half-year streak in which no artist from the Capitol Records label achieved a No. 1 hit on such a chart. The song was also a crossover success, peaking at the 37th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Song That Touched So Many Hearts
Keith Urban wrote the touching song “But for the Grace of God” with Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey of the band The Go-Gos. It tells the tale of a man singing his praises to God for blessing him with a beautiful life and a great relationship with the woman he loves.
“But for the grace of God go I, I must’ve been born a lucky guy. Heaven only knows how I’ve been blessed with the gift of your love. And I look around, and all I see is your happiness embracing me. Oh Lord, I’d be lost, but for the grace of God,” the song goes.
But did you know this beautiful song may not have been made possible? Urban was originally unenthusiastic with his collaboration with The Go-Gos that he thought “it was a disastrous idea, to begin with.”
“Theoretically, it looks pretty bad. They had these ideas, and they were tossing out these ideas, and they were just so not me. It was so mismatched, and I was uncomfortable and squirming in my chair, and I was like, ‘Oh, wow! (laughs) whatever,'” Urban recalled. “And it was it. We decided this was a complete waste of time, let’s go get something to eat, and then Charlotte said, ‘Well, I’ve got this title called ‘But For the Grace of God,’ and boom, the song came out.”
Today, Urban has gathered up a wealth of other No. 1 hits, but even after this time, “But for the Grace of God” is still a fan-favorite.
Tune in and watch Keith Urban’s breathtaking performance of “But for the Grace of God” – you will absolutely understand why this song has touched so many hearts.