Maren Morris has always had an issue with country music and claimed she wanted to change things, and now the singer is “done” with country music.
“It’s Burning Itself Down Without My Help.” Morris proclaimed. She also said, “I’m trying to mature here and realize I can just walk away from the parts of this that no longer make me happy.”
Friday she announced her departure from country music along with an EP “The Bridge” Which contains two songs, “The Tree” and “Get the Hell out of Here”. These two songs are her farewell to country music and her “Bridge” to her next destination.
These two songs are incredibly key to my next step because they express a very righteously angry and liberating phase of my life these last couple of years but also how my navigation is finally pointing towards the future, whatever that may be or sound like. Honoring where I’ve been and what I’ve achieved in country music, but also freely moving forward.
“The Tree” is about a toxic “family tree” burning itself to the ground. Halfway through, I realize it’s burning itself down without any of my help. This song evokes the pain of exhausting all your love and time for this person or ‘entity’ but realizing it’s just a draining, transactional relationship that isn’t nourishing in any healthy way. By the end of the song, I give myself permission to face the sun, plant new seeds where it’s safer to grow and realize that sometimes there IS greener grass elsewhere.
“Get the Hell Out of Here” is the part two to the tree burning. Being quite literally burned out, this is a story of me feeling pulled in every direction, needing everyone else’s understanding and acceptance but my own and how self-destructive that ultimately became. I relinquish control of trying to change everyone’s mind or bad behavior and focus on my own power going forward. Doing the right thing can feel lonely at times, but there are more friends than foes, so I finally quit making myself one of them.
In the video for “The Tree,” Morris appears to take another shot at Jason Aldean. Morris feuded with Aldean’s wife Brittany over a perceived anti-trans comment.
A new clip in “The Tree,” video also included posters that read, “Lunatic Country Music Person,” a title bestowed upon Morris by Tucker Carlson as she attacked Brittany.
Morris has thrown up the white flag and is done with country music. She knows she won’t be missed by most.