It’s hard to say what song is Garth Brooks’ signature song. Sure you can make an argument for “Friends In Low Places,” but think about all the other songs that are so moving, like “The Dance,” “The Thunder Rolls” or “Unanswered Prayers.”
As one of the key songs on his blockbuster “No Fences” album, “Unanswered Prayers” had the dubious task of being the follow-up single to Garth’s history changing “Friends In Low Places.” Rest assured, it came through in every way. Not only did the song go to No. 1, but it also played a big part in the album staying at No. 1 for more than thirty weeks.
While Garth co-wrote the song, neither he nor Pat Alger came up with the payoff line the song is built upon. As he said in the CD booklet liner notes from “The Hits,” that gem came from his buddy Larry Bastian.
“Larry, his wife Myrna and I were taking a walk down 18th Avenue, and he looked at me and said, ‘Oh, that’s simple. This song should be called ‘Unanswered Prayers’ because some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.’ This is probably the truest song I have ever been involved with as a writer,” said Garth. “Every time I sing this song, it teaches me the same lesson… happiness isn’t getting what you want, it is wanting what you’ve got.”