There are few voices that can convey melancholy and heartbreak more effectively than Ashley Monroe. Combine that incredible storytellers’ voice with breathtakingly heartbroken lyrics written by Allen Shamblin, Jamie Floyd and Marc Beeson and you have a melancholic masterpiece.
“The Blade” is the title track off of Ashley Monroe’s forthcoming album of the same name, due out July 24th on Warner Music Nashville. “‘The Blade’ is such a special song to me,” Monroe, told PEOPLE of the song featuring Pistol Annies bandmate Miranda Lambert on background vocals. “I have been on the receiving end of that pain. It actually makes me physically hurt when I sing it … but in a good way.”
It’ll also make the listener physically ache, its lyrics so perfectly crafted around both the music and the voice that it’s impossible not to be moved.
The song tells the devastating story of two people at different places in a relationship, the blade serving to cut the narrator in half. “There’s a risk you run when you love/ When you love/ And you give it all you have to give,” Monroe sings, her voice laced with pain on the chorus. “Know that all along there’s a chance/ There’s a chance/ You’ll reach and they won’t/ You’ll bleed and they don’t/ I thought we were both in all the way/ But you caught it by the handle and I caught it by the blade.”
The song is a melancholy masterpiece, proving that despite the odds, great country music can exist and thrive in 2015.
Listen to Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade” here!