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Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry notes that the duo's new single, "I'll Keep the Kids," isn't a line-for-line rendering of his divorce proceedings. But it was cathartic to get some of his feelings out. Eddie wrote the song with his songwriting buddies Ira Dean and Phil O'Donnell, and the lyrics reflect a husband and wife discussing the details of their impending divorce. Eddie's wife Tracy filed for divorce in December of 2010 but the process is still ongoing. "Hopefully, we're getting close," Eddie tells Country Weekly.
"I'll Keep the Kids" includes such lines as Take the house that my sweat built you/Here's the keys to both the cars. But Eddie cautions that those details are not based on his own situation. "We're just painting a picture," he says. "So far, a lot of people have told me that the song has helped them through their own divorce. I know it's helped me a lot to just get that out." Eddie adds that the overall idea of the song is to portray how divorce affects children. "Nobody really wins in a divorce," he says. "No matter how hard you try, the kids always end up in the middle and I hate that."
For more on Eddie and "I'll Keep the Kids," which appears on Montgomery Gentry's new EP Friends and Family, pick up the Dec. 17 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Dec. 10.