Thicker Than Blood

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"Thicker Than Blood"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Scarecrow
Released May 29, 2002
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 2:53
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Garth Brooks, Jenny Yates
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Squeeze Me In"
"Thicker Than Blood"
"Why Ain't I Running"

"Thicker Than Blood" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in May 2002 as the fourth single from the album Scarecrow. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[1] It was written by Brooks and Jenny Yates.

Background and writing[edit]

According to the liner notes, the song is about Brooks's father, who served in the United States Marine Corps. Brooks also said that he did not want to refer to his father as an "ex-Marine", but could not find any other way to describe him while fitting the song's meter.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Thicker Than Blood" debuted at number 58 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated December 1, 2001, based on unsolicited airplay following the album's release.[3] The song officially re-entered at number 60 on the chart dated June 15, 2002.

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 18
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 14


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 55. 
  2. ^ Scarecrow (CD booklet). Garth Brooks. Capitol Records. 2001. 31330. 
  3. ^ "Singles Minded". Billboard. December 1, 2001. 
  4. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Garth Brooks.