Craig Campbell’s ‘Outskirts of Heaven’ Saved a Man’s Life
Craig Campbell's "Outskirts of Heaven" is a powerful song, but even the singer is surprised by some of the ways his fans have attached themselves to it. In one case, the ballad literally saved a life.
Campbell tells Taste of Country about a fan who messaged him on Facebook to let him know how the Top 40 hit had moved him.
"He had lost his dad a couple of weeks prior, and he had actually thought about taking his own life because he just couldn't deal with the idea of living without his dad in his life," the singer relates. "He heard 'Outskirts of Heaven' and he had an immediate peaceful feeling as if his dad was saying, 'Man, I'm good. I'm good, you don't have to worry about me. I'm up here in this place, I'm fishing. We're good. I'll see you when you get here.'"
Campbell wasn't trying to write a song that would move people like that when he sat down with Dave Turnbull. In fact, he's surprised by the reaction he's getting. "The place that I describe in this song is what I want when I get there," he says. "I didn't know it'd be a healing song."
“But Lord when I die I wanna live / On the outskirts of heaven / Where there’s dirt roads for miles, hay in the fields / And fish in the river," he sings at the chorus.
You'll find "Outskirts of Heaven" on Campbell's next studio album, tentatively scheduled for 2017. Previously he's had hits with "Family Man" and "Keep Them Kisses Comin'."
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