Chris Stapleton’s much-anticipated new album Starting Over is officially out, and it includes a very poignant track that sends a message out to the Route 91 Festival shooter, Stephen Paddock.
The album includes a track entitled “Watch You Burn,” which is a song that Stapleton wrote towards the shooter who killed dozens and injured hundreds of innocent fans attending the 2017 Las Vegas festival before killing himself.
“Only a coward would pick up a gun / And shoot up a crowd tryin’ to have fun,” Stapleton sings in the new track. “I wasn’t there / I didn’t see / But I have friends in your company.”
The singer revealed that writing the song was “therapeutic” for him and comes as “a powerful number to me that conveys the sentiment, hey let’s cut the evil s*** out.”
In the track Stapleton pleas that he wished for a different outcome on the tragedy and says in the lyrics that if he could snap his fingers and flip a switch, he would’ve made that last bullet first, “you son of a b*tch.” He is referring to the last bullet which was the fatal shot that Paddock used to killed himself in his hotel room before the police got to the room at the Mandalay Bay hotel after killing dozens of fans at the festival.
He continues to sing: “You’re gonna get your turn / Yes, you’re gonna get your turn / Son, you’re gonna get your turn / The Devil gonna watch you burn.”
“Watch You Burn,” written by Stapleton and Mike Campbell.
Listen to the new song below.
Stapleton did not perform on the three-day festival in Las Vegas, however many of fellow country superstars including Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Jake Owen did.