The Story Behind Craig Campbell’s “Outskirts of Heaven”

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Craig Campbell's single "Outskirts of Heaven" was a risk that really paid off. Learn the story behind the song here!

Emerging country artist Craig Campbell released his second single “Outskirts of Heaven” from his untitled upcoming record earlier this year. Though he’s a newer name to most country music fans, he’s been on the Nashville music scene since 2002.

The 37-year-old artist from Lyons, Georgia started playing piano for his mother’s church at the age of 10. At 23-years-old, he loaded his truck and relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, and soon connected with country music star Luke Bryan. Later, when asked about Bryan’s influence on him, Campbell replied, “I can trace every bit of my success back to him.”

The song “Outskirts of Heaven,” describes Campbell’s ideal version of heaven. Enjoy the lyric video below!

 “Outskirts of Heaven” Lyrics

My grandpa taught me about buck knifes and shotguns
How to cast an old Zebco
And how to work a stick shift
He taught me the bible about all twelve disciples
And he made sure that I know there’s life after this
With pearly gates and streets of gold
He said if I just believe that’s where I’ll go

Lord when I die I wanna live
On the outskirts of Heaven
Where there’s dirt roads for miles
Hay in the fields and fish in the river
Where there’s dogwood trees and honey bees
And blue skies and green grass forever
Lord when I die, I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven

Now it says in the King James in the Almighty’s kingdom
He mentions a mansion that he’s built just for me
Now I’d gladly trade it for a farm house with acreage
And a back yard that’s shaded and a squeaky front porch swing
That’s where I wanna hang my wings

When I die I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven
Where there’s dirt roads for miles
Hay in the fields and fish in the river
Where there’s dogwood trees and honey bees
And blue skies and green grass forever
So Lord when I die, I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven
Yeah
Yeah, the good Lord knows me
He knows I need blue skies and green grass forever
Lord when I die I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven
Yeah, when I die I wanna live on the outskirts of Heaven

The idea for this touching tune came to Campbell while discussing heaven with his wife. He understood the risk of writing a song based on his faith, but decided to take a chance. He said, “It was a challenge, or a leap of faith. Pun intended. Because of what radio’s doing these days…’Outskirts of Heaven is fairly different than any of that.” Campbell also said, “Listen, let’s take radio out of this. I don’t want to write this song for radio, I want to write it for myself. It’s definitely the things that I believe in.”

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Campbell makes it clear that he is not solely focused on whether his songs are played on the radio, he wants his songs to represent him and his beliefs.

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