The Mountain

The MountainbyDierks Bentley

Released in 2018 / 3 tracks, 4 mins 3 sec

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“The Mountain” is a prime example of a style of songwriting seldom seen in the modern music industry – You see, most tracks either focus on incredibly specific, personally-significant topics or they’re much too devoid of detail for any discernable substance to be derived from their message. Bentley circumvents this by creating a narrative whose entire purpose is to be an easily understandable, readily applicable lesson on perseverance & the strength it takes to press on, even in the face of insurmountable odds. His goals in writing this are painfully clear: See that mountain? Climb it. Too tough? Break it into pieces. Think you’re going to die? Don’t. By condensing his subject into a simplified story, Bentley takes what other Artists might’ve applied overcomplicated plotlines to & weaves a tale nearly any audience can understand, as strength under pressure is one of the most universally understood facets of human nature one could possibly write about – If there were value to such a statement, he would certainly earn all the brownie points for this seemingly banal task of breaking a story down to its absolute bare minimum requirements.
No matter how precise his lyrical delivery may be, it would be nothing without a properly utilized supporting band, something Bentley has unfettered access to in “The Mountain.” A song with robotic precision in its execution, each note played has mechanical attributes to them, the same sort of back & forth clockwork one would expect in a factory environment, aligning perfectly with the entire theme Bentley is seeking to evoke; This working-man’s rhythm channels the essence of forward progression, putting in the effort as the proverbial mountain is chipped away, pebble by pebble, until there’s nothing left to stand in your way. One could certainly say that this music-box-like sonic precision is artistically expressionless compared to his contemporaries, but in terms of properly illustrating the atmosphere he was trying to achieve, “The Mountain” proves that Bentley is writing at a level far beyond that of his peers.

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"The Mountain"

[Verse 1]
Well I bet my soul on a six string gamble
And I climb like hell through the brush and the bramble
Even though I had my doubts, told myself don't look down
And I turned that hill into a pile of gravel

[Chorus]
It was only a mountain, nothing but a big ol' rock
Only a mountain, it ain't hard if you don't stop
It just took a little step, a right then a left
Then a couple million more, who's counting?
Yeah, that's only a mountain

[Verse 2]
Well you better know the bottom if you wanna be a climber
'Cause there's always another one a little bit higher
Just when I think I'm finally done I'm staring at another one
So I reach down deep and I lace 'em up tighter

[Chorus]
It was only a mountain, nothing but a big ol' rock
Only a mountain, it ain't hard if you don't stop
It just took a little step, a right then a left
Then a couple million more, who's counting?
Yeah, that's only a mountain

[Bridge]
Now I'm standing at the top with the sweat behind me
Yeah, you gotta look up if you ever wanna find me

[Chorus]
It was only a mountain, nothing but a big ol' rock
Only a mountain, it ain't hard if you don't stop
It just took a little step, a right then a left
Now I'm standing at the top just shouting
Yeah, that's only a mountain
It's only a mountain, it's only a mountain
Only a mountain
Only a mountain, it was only a mountain

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