Keith Urban’s new album, “Ripcord,” comes out May 6, and it’s his first release since the passing of his father, Robert, last December. The music on the album isn’t somber by any means, but Keith does remember his dad in the opening song, “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today.)”
At a listening event for “Ripcord” held April 19 in Nashville, Keith said he was sitting on a plane and thinking about his dad when the lyrics for the song popped into his head.
He says, “I was thinking about people that die and where do they go? Like, where are they? Separate to religiosity, ideology and theology and all of that. They’re here and then they’re gone. Like gone. Can’t find them. Can’t reach them. Can’t get them. So, I was struck with the idea of, I look around for the friends that have gone. So, I just wrote.”
Keith went on to reveal a few of the lyrics from the song — “I want to feel. I want to touch the light. I look around for the friends that have gone, and I’m reminded it’s all just a fantasy. But we get to choose what we want to believe, and I want to believe that there’s something more. Another level to the dream right through the door. But right now’s for real, and it’s fading fast. Better live right now ’cause we’ll never get it back.”
Then he played that snippet on guitar for the fans in the crowd, who also got to hear the album in its entirety before Keith surprised them with a mini-concert.
“Ripcord” also features Keith’s No. 1 hits “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break on Me,” as well as his new single, “Wasted Time.”