God Only Knows (For King & Country song)

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"God Only Knows"
God Only Knows (Official Single Cover) by For King & Country.png
Single by For King & Country
from the album Burn the Ships
Released11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2017-2018
Length3:49[1]
LabelWord Entertainment
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
For King & Country singles chronology
"Joy"
(2018)
"God Only Knows"
(2019)
"Burn the Ships"
(2019)
Music videos
"God Only Knows" on YouTube
"God Only Knows" (with Echosmith, Timbaland Remix) on YouTube
"God Only Knows" (with Dolly Parton) on YouTube

"God Only Knows" is the second single by Christian alternative rock duo For King & Country for their third studio album, Burn the Ships (2018).[2] It was originally released as the third promotional single on 27 July 2018.[3] It impacted Christian radio on 11 January 2019.[4] The song peaked at No. 2 on the US Hot Christian Songs chart, becoming their tenth top ten single. It also peaked at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the duo's first song to reach the chart. The song is played in a D major key, and 144 beats per minute.[5]

Background[edit]

"God Only Knows" was released as the third promotional single from Burn the Ships on 27 July 2018, the duo also released the song's music video.[3] On 11 January 2019, "God Only Knows" was released to Christian radio as the second single from the album.[6] In an interview with Free CCM, the duo explained the message behind the song: "'God Only Knows' is one of those songs that you know...there's inward songs that were written about specific circumstances and you hope someone else resonates with them. This was a song looking out. There seems to be a lot of you said this, you did this, how dare you. The song is really a question mark of well first of all do we really understand each other fully? Our histories, our family heritages, the struggles in life, the things that have been done to us that no one knows about. The shame that we carry. Some of it we've done to ourselves, that's self sabotage. Some of it other people have done to us. You're just seeing a brief moment in time of that person. What if we pulled the lens back? Even if we did, there are some things that God does only know. We've got our shame, we've got our troubles, we've got our prejudice, we've got our judgements. God knows your heart and in turn the flip of that is, God also carries this love that is sort of the superman of all love. We kind of are image bearers and so we emulate it, but it's just this wonderful superhuman love that if we really lean into it it'd be a beautiful thing. But so often we don't understand because we're stuck in a human variation of it."[7]

Composition[edit]

"God Only Knows" is originally in the key of D major, with a tempo of 144 beats per minute.[5] Written in common time, Smallbone's vocal range spans from A3 to G5 during the song.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

It debuted at No. 20 on the Hot Christian Songs chart, despite not being an official single.[8] The song left the chart after reaching twenty weeks.[9] After being released as a single, the song re-entered the chart at No. 19 on the issue week of January 12, 2019.[10] The song reached the Top 10 after twenty-three weeks.[11] It went on to peak at No. 2, where it stayed there for a record nineteen weeks. It became their longest charting single at 52 weeks. It debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart on the issue week of January 19, 2019.[12] It reached the top ten on its sixth week.[13][14] It became their fifth leader, staying there for ten weeks.[15][16]

The song debuted on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, at No. 25. The song re-entered the chart at No. 6, after the Timbaland remix.

Critical reception[edit]

"God Only Knows" was described as an "emotional track full of hope,"[17] that tackles depression and suicide,[18] which could "easily be paired with Imagine Dragons or Fun[.] any day."[19]

Accolades[edit]

Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2019 We Love Christian Music Awards Music Video of the Year Won [20][21]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "God Only Knows" features a young woman(played by actress Masey McLain) who is found in a dark desperation and believes suicide is the answer.[22] "Circumstantially things are good, she's an attractive woman, she lives in a beautiful home and life is sort of looking good. Yet there are these things, these underlying insecurities that are shifting the way she perceives life and people perceive her," band member Joel Smallbone revealed in the behind the scenes video.[23] The music video shows the woman presumably committing suicide by jumping off a bridge. The video then explains what could have happened if a friend she confronted that day may have been there for her and her worst point. The friend's care results in a different ending to the day.[24] "The power of someone interacting, showing a small act of kindness, a hug, a smile, and how that just changes the trajectory of her life [on] this one particular day, which was a very crucial day in this young lady's life," Smallbone followed up his previous comment. It ends with the number for the National Suicide Prevention Line.[25]

Track listing[edit]

CD release[26]

  1. "God Only Knows" – 3:49
  2. "God Only Knows" (Lead Sheet (Medium Key) – 3:49
  3. "God Only Knows" (Vocal Demonstration) – 3:47
  4. "God Only Knows" (High Key With Background Vocals) – 3:47
  5. "God Only Knows" (High Key Without Background Vocals) – 3:47
  6. "God Only Knows" (Medium Key With Background Vocals) – 3:47
  7. "God Only Knows" (Medium Key Without Background Vocals) – 3:47
  8. "God Only Knows" (Low Key With Background Vocals) – 3:47
  9. "God Only Knows" (Low Key Without Background Vocals) – 3:47

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b For King & Country (band) [@4kingandcountry] (11 January 2019). ""'God Only Knows' released to radio today, which couldn't have come at a better time as it's" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 January 2019 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ a b "Key & BPM for God Only Knows by For King & Country". TuneBat. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. ^ For King & Country (band) [@4kingandcountry] (11 January 2019). ""'God Only Knows' released to radio today, which couldn't have come at a better time as it's" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 January 2019 – via Twitter.
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