Dierks Bentley’s New “Burning Man” is Look at Being Imperfect, But Striving For Something Greater

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After being on the road for most of 2017, Dierks Bentley took a few months off in Nashville to write music and rest. But, before he officially closed out the year, Bentley performed one last show in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan, where he introduced a new song for fans, “Burning Man.”

Before performing the new song, Bentley told the crowd he’s written over 50 songs since releasing Black in May of 2016 and that these songs, “I have all these new songs in my head and all these songs…they’re not coming from here, they’re coming from my heart. All these lyrics are coming from inside me. Thank god, because this thing– way too many Jäger bombs.”


“Burning Man,” like a lot of Bentley’s catalog is very introspective and seems to be a bit of a battle between who he is as a country music star and who he is as a man.

Half your life you struggle,
Half your life you fly,
Half your life making trouble,
Half your life making it right.

Some days I’m heading in the right direction,
And some days I’m not even close.

I’m a little bit steady, but still a little bit rolling stone,
I’m a little bit reckless, but still a little bit flesh and bone.

I’m a little bit holy water,
But, a little bit burning man.

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