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Listen To Kacey Musgraves’ New Earth Day Version Of ‘Oh, What A World’

Musgraves composed the song with her co-producers on the multiple Grammy-winning ‘Golden Hour’ album, Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk.

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Kacey Musgraves has today (22) released a new version of ‘Oh, What A World,’ a favourite from her 2018 album Golden Hour, to mark Earth Day.

‘Oh, What A World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition)’ features a more pronounced beat and pop feel by comparison to the version on the quadruple Grammy-winning album. It retains the distinctive vocoder feature that marked out the original. Like most of the set, Musgraves composed the song with her co-producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk. The track also gave its name to the country star’s world tour which started in 2018 and began a second leg in early 2019.

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The lyrics of the song have added poignancy when applied to the context of Earth Day, and even more so during the current pandemic. “Oh, what a world, don’t wanna leave,” sings Musgraves. “All kinds of magic all around us, it’s hard to believe.”

In a statement, Musgraves says: “There is a lot to feel downhearted about on this Earth Day. Everyone and everything feels out of balance. People are suffering and the future is uncertain. In the face of a pandemic that has brought cities to their knees, a song can feel small. A melody can seem insignificant.

“Signs everywhere of human compassion and renewal”

“This is a global moment of acknowledgment and respect for the power of nature and for so many of us — extreme challenges and sadness,” she continues. “But in the midst of all the loss and uncertainty there are signs everywhere of human compassion and renewal.

“It’s still a wild, beautiful world”

“The earth is healing. Bluer skies hang over China and Los Angeles. Clearer water and a positive effect on wildlife is being seen. In spite of all its troubles, it’s still a wild, beautiful world and if you need proof, it’s out there. You just might have to look in a different corner of the sky.

“Right now, there are so many brave people that deserve Medals of Honour: the nurses, doctors, grocers, the delivery and truck drivers, cashiers, gas station attendants, the scientists, restaurant workers, the single parents, and SO many others.

“I’m just a songwriter but my hope is that if I bring the light I have in my spirit to the table, maybe it could be a form of energy that lifts someone else’s spirit for a moment. Oh, What a World — dedicated to our planetary home and all the quiet heroes this Earth Day: you’re the northern lights in our skies.”

Listen to the best of Kacey Musgraves on Apple Music and Spotify.

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