Randy Travis’ New Song ‘Lead Me Home’ Is a Tribute to His Wife, Mary [Listen]
Randy Travis pays tribute to the saving power of his wife's love in a new song titled "Lead Me Home." The legendary country singer reached into the archives to pull out the never-before-heard song.
The track is a jaunty, gospel-inflected bluegrass tune that perfectly suits Travis' traditional baritone. He's lifted up by some close harmony singing in the chorus, which celebrates the enduring grace of true love.
"But you know I need you woman / Need your love to warm my bones / You know I need you woman / Take my hand and lead me home," Travis sings.
The country icon recorded the song years ago, before the stroke he suffered in 2013. The stroke deeply impacted his speech and mobility, though Travis has sung in public in a limited capacity since. He led the audience and participants in singing "Amazing Grace" during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
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Travis' wife Mary has stood by his side through all of the difficult times since his stroke, which have included not only his illness, but also financial struggles. In recent years Travis has discovered that his finances were nowhere near as strong as he had been led to believe.
Though the new song was recorded before any of that happened, its lyrics are particularly powerful in retrospect, almost as if anticipating the hard times they would endure together.
The couple had already weathered their share of storms together before Travis' stroke. He detailed his financial woes, his struggles with alcohol and more in his recent autobiography, Forever and Ever, Amen.
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