A second version was recorded three years later by the country band McBride & the Ride. Released in 1992, that version would become the group's highest-charting hit, reaching a peak of #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts.
"Sacred Ground" is a mid-tempo ballad centralizing on a male narrator, who is talking to another man that wants to commit adultery with the narrator's wife. In the first verse, the singer tells of how he married at an early age, and had to work various jobs to sustain his family. He defends his relationship with his wife in the chorus: "We were joined in the eyes of the Lord in the eyes of our hometown / Why don't you leave her alone / You're treadin' on sacred ground".
Kix Brooks' version was released in 1989. It was the second and final single from his debut album Kix Brooks, and it reached a peak of 87 on the BillboardHot Country Singles charts. It was his last solo release before he founded Brooks & Dunn with Ronnie Dunn. Brooks did not chart another solo single until "New to This Town" in 2012.
Three years after Brooks's version charted, McBride & the Ride recorded its own version of "Sacred Ground." It was released in March 1992 as the lead-off single to the band's second album, also titled Sacred Ground. The song reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard country charts (having been blocked from Number One by Billy Ray Cyrus' debut single "Achy Breaky Heart"), representing the band's highest chart peak.