The FARM, ‘Be Grateful’ – Song Review
They don’t come more wholesome than ‘Be Grateful,’ the new single from the FARM. The trio once again showcases tight harmonies while trading lead vocals on a song that seems ready-made for a United Way commercial.
This track will feel especially familiar to anyone who raised his or her hands up to sing ‘We Are the World’ in 1985. Other songs on the FARM’s debut album feature one or two of the vocalists. Three is too many for this ballad.
“We complain about how much it’s gonna cost us / To feel our 20 something thousand dollars cars / And living in the land of milk and honey / It’s so easy to forget how lucky we are / We can work hard and buy a patch of dirt / And on sunday morning we can go to church / And pray for those who don’t have it as good as you,” Marie and Horne sing during the second verse.
Lyrically the FARM’s what-are-you-complaining-about anthem grabs one’s attention, but they sure take their time with the message. The production lacks punch, making the song something of a sleeper — despite a story some may rally around.
“Every time you think you got it bad / You can find someone who’s got it worse / All the things you take for granted now / They started out as blessings first / If you got someone who loves you / And a steady job that puts food on the table / If you’re strong and able / Then, be grateful,” the group sings together during the chorus.
‘Be Grateful’ isn’t a perfect fit for a trio of country newcomers like the FARM. While they may have centuries of life experience between them, fans and radio listeners see them as a baby act, still very much trying to get bigger and better. Satisfaction at this stage would be something of a career death sentence. An older artist — perhaps someone like Ronnie Dunn or Dolly Parton — would be more convincing with this song.
Listen to the FARM, ‘Be Grateful’