“This is where I make my stand, ’cause I can’t stand it anymore,” Garth Brooks sings in the title track to his brand-new LP, Man Against Machine. It marks the first time in his quarter century-long career that the biggest-selling country artist of all time has titled an album after a song. He did so to not only reflect the project’s overall theme, but also to share his mindset on the music industry after an almost 14 year career break.
“A lot of things have changed and it’s all up hill,” Brooks said at a recent album preview party in Nashville. “I’m not saying an album can make a difference, but I think music can.”
And with his music, the Oklahoma native has always worn his impassioned heart on his sleeve. In the spirit of Brooks’ “Machine,” we count down his 10 most audacious song lyrics, from the deliciously defiant to those that inspire social change.