After receiving little notice for about 10 months, Copperhead Highway’s “Weight of the World” video is gaining heavy traction on the Southern gospel group’s Facebook page. Last week, the song increased in popularity, with more than 60,000 views received by Wednesday.
According to a news release from Cartersville based-Copperhead Highway, “‘Weight of the World’ was written by singer/guitarists Chad Smith and Randall Long, who formed Copperhead Highway in 2013 after Long joined the church Glade Road Baptist Church where Smith’s father, Charles, is pastor. They have since added Zane Tanner on bass guitar and banjo, as well as Randy Day on drums and mandolin.
“Smith and Long have written more than 30 songs together since forming the group. They were inspired to write ‘Weight of the World’ after talking about their family ties in southern West Virginia, where both men have family members that are working in the coal industry.”
While the song was written about coal miners, Smith said its message is one that people from all walks of life can relate to.
“Those guys are under so much pressure dealing with [the possibility of] losing their life every day, and then [they] have to come home and deal with their home life,” Smith said. “... [However], it never mentions coal mining in the song. It just talks about the weight of the world and how that wears you down, how that [weighs] you down a lot of the time. The first verse [says], ‘I’m just a man, doing all I can for those I love. [And you know] sometimes [it seems, that] the man inside of me just can’t do enough.’
“[The song emphasizes] how we all struggle to do everything that we can do for our families but sometimes we feel that that’s still not enough and sometimes it’s not enough. ... Our inspiration for the song is that no matter what you’re going through, no matter what you’ve been through, that the Lord is there to help you get through your next battle.”
Initially posted in February 2013, the “Weight of the World” was the first song Copperhead Highway ever featured on Facebook.
“We were very shocked and very humbled,” Smith said, referring to the song’s recent popularity. “We actually had a guy contact us Tuesday night and said that he was a combat veteran and that he had been going through a lot. He was an out of work coal miner and ... he had been thinking about suicide and [he said] that that song actually gave him a little bit of hope to keep going. So that was really neat for us.
“[The video] is buried at the very bottom of the [Facebook] page. It was the very first song we ever posted and it was really raw. It was done in our basement. It wasn’t in the studio or anything. We kind of forgot about the song to be honest but somebody didn’t forget ... [and] it has really taken off.”
Along with viewing the group’s Facebook page, the public also can listen to Copperhead Highway’s music by attending a concert — 7 p.m. March 15 at the Friendship Baptist Church in Cartersville — which also will feature The Perrys.