October 1, 2008
“I’ve Got The Scars To Prove It” begins with a somewhat ominous electric guitar intro that is likely meant to set the tone for the bombastic lyrics. As a result of his recklessness, the singer proclaims that he’s essentially been banged up a time or two and has the scars to prove it, due to the fact that he “had a strong right hand and wasn’t afraid to use it”
The Road Hammer’s Lead singer, Jason McCoy, delivers a solid vocal performance that sounds intriguing enough. Using the lower register of his voice in the verses, his vocal helps to enhance the images of the well worn man that the song is attempting to portray.
Unfortunately, the song’s content feels like an amalgamation of Jake Owens’s “Startin’ With Me” (“I’m a big Jerk.”), Chris Knight’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Me” (“I’m a big self sabotaging jerk.”) and several Montgomery Gentry tunes “I’m a jerk, so what do ya think about that?”). In fact, come to think of it, the song as a whole sounds like something that was specifically intended for Montgomery Gentry to record.
Ultimately, what ruins the song is that rather than conveying regret or truly reflecting on the darker nature of his character, which is the likely purpose of the song, an unbecoming prideful tone pervades it instead: “Now and then regrets may find me/But these marks are here to remind me/Where I went wrong/What made me strong/And how I moved on.”
While the song is relatively sonically pleasing, that’s not enough to advance it to something of substance, which is the obvious intent of the composition.
Listen: I’ve Got the Scars To Prove It