Have you heard it? I don’t know where you live, but in Chicago, Carrie Underwood’s brand new single, “Something in the Water,” was on country radio about every 10 minutes on Monday (Sept. 29). Underwood heard it, too, and then tweeted, “Just heard #SomethingInTheWater for the first time on the radio! Yay! So happy happy happy!!!”
And every time it came on here, I was happy, happy, happy, too.
Because before I heard it, the title made me think it was going to be about drinking. Like there’s something in the water, and it’s whiskey. Or tequila. Or moonshine. Or whatever.
I could not have been more wrong.
This is a song about baptism. And for those of you who’ve been around country music long enough to remember the Kenny Chesney/Randy Travis duet on “Baptism” in 1999 and Trace Adkins’ “Muddy Water” in 2008, you probably think Underwood’s song is long overdue. (Other spiritual songs have stood out to me since, like Dierks Bentley’s “Better Believer” and Underwood’s own “Temporary Home.” )
Underwood co-wrote this new song with Chris DeStefano and Brett James. It will be on her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album due out Dec. 9.
This song is so moving and so powerful, I feel like if it was ever going to cross over into another genre, it would end up on a contemporary Christian radio station. With lyrics like, “Got washed in the water, washed in the blood/And now I’m changed/And now I’m stronger/There must be something in the water.”
So what’s in the water — this water — is redemption, forgiveness, strength, hope and freedom. Which is so much better than whiskey, tequila and moonshine.