Craig Morgan Gets Real About Grief in ‘The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost’ [LISTEN]
Craig Morgan's opening about the death of his 19-year-old son Jerry in 2016. "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost" is a heart-wrenching, incredibly personal ballad in which Morgan discusses the realities of trying to live life without a loved one; press play above to listen.
The first verse of "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost" finds Morgan turning down friends' invitations to go out with a list of excuses -- "I tell 'em Karen's not feelin' well, so I probably shouldn't go out / Besides, I've got a fix-it list of things I need to do around the house" -- only to "hang up the phone, turn the radio back on and sit back down."
"I know my boy ain't here, but he ain't gone," sings Morgan.
Subsequent verses reflect on the brokenness Morgan felt following Jerry's drowning in a boating accident on July 10. The Dickson County High School graduate was planning to attend Marshall University and play football. He was wearing a life jacket when the accident occurred; in the days after his death, officials investigating admitted that they were unsure why the teenager’s life jacket did not save his life.
"I've been beat up, I've been pushed and shoved, but never really knocked down ... But the pain of this was more than I'd ever felt before / Yeah, I was broke / I cried and cried and cried until I passed out on the floor / Then I prayed and prayed and prayed 'til I thought I couldn't pray anymore," Morgan sings. "Then minute by minute, day by day, my God, he gave me hope ..."
WATCH: Craig Morgan Opens Up About Jerry's Death
Although Morgan knows "I won't completely heal 'til I go home," he knows Jerry is always with him: "In the mornings, I wake up, give her a kiss, head to the kitchen / Pour a cup of wake me up and try to rouse up some ambition / Go outside, sit by myself, but I ain't alone / I've got the Father, my son and the Holy Ghost," Morgan sings in the chorus.
Morgan is the sole writer and producer of "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost." Of the song, he says in a press release, "As difficult as this song was to write and as difficult as it is to sing, it gives me strength in my faith in God. My hope is it does the same for others.”
Morgan released his most recent album, A Whole Lot More to Me, about a month before Jerry died. He turned to his woodworking hobby as he processed his grief and has since made that hobby into a family business, the Gallery at Morgan Farms, which offers handmade goods in the singer's hometown of Dickson, Tenn.
"For me, personally, I find my private moments," Morgan -- who has three other children, Aly, Kyle and Wyatt, with his wife Karen -- shared in 2018. "It's usually late at night, or real early in the morning, and no one's around, and I'll go out in the shop and cry."
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