Wilburn & Wilburn Asked to Leave

Wilburn & Wilburn Asked to Leave

wilburnwilburn2015shouldersmaxThis was posted on Wilburn & Wilburn’s Facebook page:

I found out today from a radio station that they would be removing our song from their playlist due to a listener complaining. The song is “You Asked Him to Leave”. It deals with how we have turned our backs on God and blamed Him for the problems we have.

They say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, and this bit of controversy could very well wind up pushing this song even further on radio, as other DJ’s jump at the chance to ruffle some feathers (according to W&W, the song jumped from the #50 spot to the #21 spot, although they didn’t say which chart – I’m assuming the Singing News).

What I find interesting is how one single listener’s complaint could result in a station pulling a song entirely (and notifying the artist of their decision). W&W even bring this up in their post:

If one person can have this kind of influence, imagine what a bunch of Christians could do who are willing to stand?

The radio station that dropped the song was not identified by the post, and the context of the complaint and what was so offensive is not mentioned.

UPDATE 1/14/16 (by DBM): Publicity pays off. Wilburn & Wilburn reported today that their song has been added to the playlist on WUCZ, a Top 40 mainstream Country station. 

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Kyle Boreing

Kyle has been writing for MusicScribe since 2008. He is a musician, producer, arranger, and occasional quartet singer, who pays way too much attention to recordings. He is an alumni of Stamps-Baxter School of Music and has shared the stage with many different artists. He also really likes movies that are "so bad they're good." Visit his website at www.kyleboreing.com, or follow him on Twitter @kyleboreing.

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  1. Reply January 13, 12:14 #1 Jerry Boor

    The sentiment of the song “You Asked Him To Leave” seems sound. However, I suppose a person could try to pick it apart scripturally by quoting verses such as “…if you make your bed in hell, I am there…..”, “…..I will never leave you nor forsake you….”, etc. I’m not sure what the complaint would have been based on, but I think we should probably accept the sentiment as sound even if the “letter of the law” could say it is not 100% scriptural. Technically, Jesus is everywhere, such as in the hearts of Christians who might be there at a scene of carnage. Nevertheless, the overall message of the song is strong.

  2. Reply January 13, 15:46 #2 joshvanklomp

    I always thought it was a strange lyric. I get the message it’s trying to convey, but it just misses the mark for me. While “God didn’t cause the tragedy” like the lyric states, placing the blame on school administrators for a school shooting is not fair, either.

    I will say though that I agree that it’s disappointing how one complaint can wield so much power.

  3. Reply January 13, 23:17 #3 Dean Adkins

    I am not suggesting this isn’t true but without confirmation of the station ID and identification of the offensive lyrics is that sufficient for publication?

    • Reply January 13, 23:22 David Bruce Murray

      When it’s something published on a public forum direct from an artist, yes, it’s news.

      Of course, if someone proves it never happened, that would be news as well.

    • Reply January 13, 23:26 Kyle Boreing Author

      Dean, that’s part of the reason I made it clear that the station name and exact complaint was not identified by W&W. I try to be careful when pulling information (news or otherwise) from various sources….

  4. Reply January 17, 19:10 #4 yankeegospelgirl

    It’s not even one of the best songs on the album from a writing standpoint…

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