Back in January, Reba McEntire released her emotional new song “Just Like Them Horses,” which she later revealed was a tribute to her late father. Now, she is opening up to her fans about the meaning behind the emotional song in a behind the scenes segment that shows the making of her music video.
According to News OK, Reba’s father Clark Entire died in October of 2014 at the age of 86 after a lengthy illness. Reba later performed the emotional song at his funeral.
“This video probably means more to me than any other video I’ve gotten to shoot because this song was really a family song,” Reba said in the behind-the-scenes clip. “I sang it Daddy’s funeral — well, we played the record anyway — ‘Just Like Them Horses’ is a cowboy song. Daddy was a cowboy, and we’re all ranching family. All of us ranched at one time or another. And this is Chockie Mountain where I grew up.”
According to Q Political, Reba gave more details about the song in a previous interview:
When my producer Tony Brown heard it [‘Just Like Them Horses’], he loved it so much, that he insisted on putting it on the album. It made both – the album and Daddy’s funeral.
I got the idea for the video one day and knew it was going to be the most meaningful heartfelt video I’d ever do. We shot the entire video in Chockie, OK on the McEntire home-place. Those old hills mean a lot to me. I lived there 21 years and they still call me back time after time.
This is a song about goodbye, closure and letting go. Mama had to be in the video. She was and still is the glue to our family. Without a doubt, the ranch wouldn’t be what it is today without her. She was the partner, bookkeeper, #1 hired hand, cook, my best friend and as I said, the glue. So many times things could have gone south but she held us all together.
I dedicate this video to Daddy. His life was horses, cattle, land, rodeo and business. Daddy did a lot of traveling in his life. When he wasn’t rodeoing or buying cattle, he was working hard on the ranch. I took him to Europe and Australia. On one of those trips he said, “If I ever get home, I’m not gonna go past the mail box.”
My favorite line of the song is, ‘Just like them horses, now it’s time to run.’ He did. He ran all the way to heaven. Just like them horses.”
Please keep Reba in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to grieve for her father!