|Single by 4 Runner|
|from the album 4 Runner|
|B-side||"Ten Pound Hammer"|
|Format||CD single, 45 RPM|
|Writer(s)||Michael Johnson, Jack Sundrud|
|Producer||Buddy Cannon, Larry Shell|
|4 Runner singles chronology|
"Cain's Blood" is the title of a song recorded by American country music group 4 Runner. It was released in February 1995 as the first single from the album 4 Runner. The song reached number 26 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
The song is about "the tug and pull [between good and evil] that goes on inside each and every one of us", according to Polydor Records then-president Steve Miller. It uses the Biblical story of Cain and Abel to represent the narrator's struggle between good and evil. Co-writer Michael Johnson said that the idea for the chorus came to him while he was in jail for driving under the influence.
Music video 
Critical reception 
"Cain's Blood" generally received positive reception for its Southern gospel sound. The single was also compared to the sound of The Oak Ridge Boys due to the use of four-part vocal harmony. Brian Wahlert of Country Standard Time wrote that the song is a "dark and moody testament to life's daily battle between good and evil in which the four voices become completely integrated into an eerie, foreboding whole."
Chart performance 
"Cain's Blood" debuted at number 74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 18, 1995.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||26|
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100||18|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||14|
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- Van Scott, Miriam (1999). The Encyclopedia of Hell. Macmillan. p. 74.
- "4 Runner's not just another Oak Ridge Boys". The Vindicator. 13 May 1995. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- "4 Runner resurrects the country quartet". The Albany Herald (Associated Press). May 29, 1995. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- Wahlert, Brian. "4 Runner review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 7 May 2010.