Trying to Stop Your Leaving

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"Trying to Stop Your Leaving"
Single by Dierks Bentley
from the album Long Trip Alone
Released January 28, 2008
Format Airplay
Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:39
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Brett Beavers
Jim Beavers
Dierks Bentley[1]
Producer(s) Brett Beavers
Dierks Bentley singles chronology
"Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)"
"Trying to Stop Your Leaving"
"Feel That Fire"

"Trying to Stop Your Leaving" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Dierks Bentley. It was released in January 2008 as the fourth and final single from his album Long Trip Alone. It peaked at number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number 73 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written by Bentley, Brett Beavers and Jim Beavers.


The narrator is a man who is describing his difficulty in trying to keep his lover from leaving him. He uses various metaphors to illustrate his point. For example, in one verse, he compares the situation to throwing a pebble into the Rio Grande, stating that he could "throw in a million more and not slow it down".

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it an A- rating. He said he likes the "rise and fall in intensity, the delicate intertwining of the electric guitar and the steel."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy, and features Bentley standing by a river, and him and his band playing in the middle of a railroad track in a tunnel. It also features Bentley and his (only in the video) wife fighting and her packing her bags. It also shows them having sexual activity.

Chart performance[edit]

"Trying to Stop Your Leaving" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 26, 2008.

Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 73
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 36


  1. ^ Ascap entry for song Accessed 21 June 2011 ASCAP
  2. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (2005-12-038-01-25). "Dierks Bentley - "Trying to Stop Your Leaving"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2010-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Dierks Bentley. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dierks Bentley Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Dierks Bentley. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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