Keith Urban’s Offers Soulful New Song, “Burden” [Listen]

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Hot on the heels of his sizzling performance at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Keith Urban has made “Burden” available to his fans.

Keith and his team did take a few liberties with their cover of the moody and gripping song which appears on Foy Vance’s 2016 album, The Wild Swan. While both songs start simply, with a minimalistic arrangement, Foy’s swells with additional voices in the chorus, while still retaining that bluesy, Irish folk feel native to his homeland. It then softly fades with a sustained note.

Keith’s version, on the other hand, riffs more on Foy’s acoustic version of the song, keeping it simple and scaled down until the arrangement gradually builds to the end when it explodes into drums, screeching guitar and the ominous keyboard that is present throughout the arrangement. And in a dramatic manner, the song ends with a hard finish.

In a night already filled with emotion, Keith’s cover of “Burden” was memorable. The lyrics of the song are a heartfelt anthem to brotherhood, humanity, and unity in times of crisis, are only further enhanced by either performer’s unique arrangement and production.

Come to me, my brother, and I will sit with you a while / Pretty soon I’ll see you smile and you know you will / No matter how much you’re hurting right now / You know that everything will change in time / So let me carry your burden,” he sings in the chorus.

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If the name Foy Vance doesn’t ring a bell, look at the liner notes for Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings. Foy co-wrote “Pushin’ Time” with Miranda and hit songwriter Natalie Hemby. He also enlisted the help of Kacey Musgraves for his 2016 single, “Moonshine,” which appears on the soundtrack for Ben Affleck’s movie, Live by Night.