OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban’s "For You" Breakdown

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OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban’s "For You" Breakdown

Published on September 12, 2012 by CMT News

Keith Urban
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

“What’s my act of valor?” That’s what Keith
asked himself before he wrote the “For You.” It was right
after he’d seen a screening of the film Act of Valor and was asked to write a song for the movie. So he said the song
he wrote was intended to ask the listener that question. (His own answer was, “For me, it’s absolutely my family.”) But he
also took the time to break down the song almost line by line and talk about what the words meant to him. So the lyric about
“I’m not trying to be the hero/I don’t wanna die” is one Urban loves because he didn’t want the song to be bravado. “It’s
more, ‘I don’t want to do this, but if I have to, I will,'” he told People Country. He adds that he didn’t want to
get into the politics of war, which explains the part of the song where he sings, “You don’t think about right, you don’t
think about wrong.” And as for the part of the chorus where he wonders if he’d give his life, Urban says, “I felt like I can’t
be asking these sorts of questions without giving my own answer. I may not be able to do what these guys are doing, but I
know who I would do it for.”

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