What Reba Just Revealed Left My Heart In Pieces, This Explains Everything

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In an emotional interview, Reba McEntire chokes back the tears as she shares a side of her heart not many have seen. I just can’t stop crying! Wow.

Since her first solo album in 1977, Reba McEntire has inspired thousands with her soulful country voice and powerful lyrics.

But there’s a side to Reba not many know.

Reba was raised in Oklahoma, often singing alongside her mother and three siblings in the car. There was a lot of driving, which meant a lot of singing.

Reba

Reba and her family traveled often due to her father’s occupation as a World Champion Steer Roper.

Roper

Reba has always considered herself a ‘country girl’ as she shares in her father’s love for horses.

Reba Horse 2

As a true daddy’s girl, Reba took her dad to Europe and Australia, and often referred to him as her ‘biggest supporter’ in life.

Reba and father

There’s just something special about the bond shared between a kind-hearted father and his proud daughter. Reba and her father were a beautiful display of this.

Bike

Recently, Reba knew it was finally time to let go. After losing her father– her rock– it was time to give honor where honor is due, the only way she knew how — by singing.

Reba Horses

Reba choked back the tears as she shared the emotional story behind her latest song, Just Like Them Horses :

“When my producer Tony Brown heard it [‘Just Like Them Horses’], he loved it so much, that he insisted on putting it on the album. It made both – the album and Daddy’s funeral.

I got the idea for the video one day and knew it was going to be the most meaningful heartfelt video I’d ever do. We shot the entire video in Chockie, OK on the McEntire home-place. Those old hills mean a lot to me. I lived there 21 years and they still call me back time after time.

This is a song about goodbye, closure and letting go. Mama had to be in the video. She was and still is the glue to our family. Without a doubt, the ranch wouldn’t be what it is today without her. She was the partner, bookkeeper, #1 hired hand, cook, my best friend and as I said, the glue. So many times things could have gone south but she held us all together.

I dedicate this video to Daddy. His life was horses, cattle, land, rodeo and business. Daddy did a lot of traveling in his life. When he wasn’t rodeoing or buying cattle, he was working hard on the ranch. I took him to Europe and Australia. On one of those trips he said, “If I ever get home, I’m not gonna go past the mail box.”

My favorite line of the song is, ‘Just like them horses, now it’s time to run.’ He did. He ran all the way to heaven. Just like them horses.” 

When I heard the lyrics, I just couldn’t hold back the tears. This is beautiful.

Watch Reba’s emotional tribute to her late father in her new song, ‘Just Like Them Horses’:

Wasn’t that just beautiful? I’m sure Papa McEntire is smiling down from heaven — he must be so proud. Thank you Reba, for sharing this powerful song and the emotional story behind it. It’s just beautiful.

Please share if you can relate to Reba’s love for her father, and are grateful for yours. Thank God for good dads!


Just Like Them Horses
She held him close, then she kissed his face
He said it just has to be this way
Yours is the heart I’ll always keep
I’m not gone even if I leave

If you love me, don’t you be afraid
To look in my eyes and open up the gate
Then watch me ride beneath a newborn sun
Just like them horses
When it’s time to run

He said, Rocky Mountain is calling me
Gonna take a walk up where I can sing
Turn and face that western wind
Oh, and I’ll be home again

If you love me, don’t you be afraid
To look in my eyes and open up the gate
Then watch me ride beneath a newborn sun
Just like them horses
When it’s time to run

Oh, just like them horses

She held his hand, he took one last breath
Then she walked out to the front porch step
Stared at the sky, tears on her face
And she swore she could hear him say

If you love me, don’t you be afraid
To look in my eyes and open up the gate
Then watch me ride beneath a newborn sun
Just like them horses
When it’s time to run

Just like them horses
When it’s time to run
When it’s time to run
When it’s time to run

Now it’s time to run

Just like them horses, ooh
Just like them horses
Oh, now it’s time to run