“Way of the Triune God (Hallelujah Version)” by Tyler Childers
“Way of the Triune God (Hallelujah Version)” is classified as a country track, but, at least from a lyrical perspective, it can be considered straight-up gospel.
Tyler referring to the Most High as “the Triune God” would most likely be a reference to the Father/son/spirit theology as derived from the New Testament. And what’s being put forth revolves around the vocalist worshipping in a very fervent way. In doing so, he employs the use of some “old time screaming and a-shouting”, as they traditionally do in churches which practice such styles.
In part, Childers is addressing someone who rather gets their high, if you will, via the utilization of intoxicants. And what Tyler is telling this individual is that he doesn’t need drugs to achieve a similar effect. And why? Because he instead realizes internal edification from praising the Lord, basically.
Furthermore it does seem that this song does have the effect of causing some listeners to want to go out and worship themselves. But ultimately, all lyrics considered, it can be taken as a statement of belief on the part of the vocalist.
Or put otherwise, the way he relays the message is that his “faith is too strong” to recognize God in any type of weaker manner. This is why he prefers the old, hard church way.
When was “Way of the Triune God (Hallelujah Version)” released?
On 30 September 2022, Tyler Childers, a country-ish musician who has been industry active for about a decade, came out with his fifth studio album, “Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?”.
This project, which is backed by a label imprint Childers apparently owns called Hickman Holler Records, consists of 8 songs yet 24 tracks in total. What this simply means is that there are 3 different renditions of each song found on the album.
So in addition to the Hallelujah Version of “The Way of the Triune God”, there also exists the below versions:
- Jubilee version
- Joyful Noise version
It would appear, based on early reviews of the album, that this song and additionally this particular version is a listener favorite on the project.
FYI, another outstanding song from the project is a song titled “Angel Band“.
Writing and Production Credits
Tyler Childers wrote this track. Furthermore, he also produced it alongside his backup band, an outfit known as The Food Stamps.
No disrespect, but I believe you missed the point of this song. Considering Tyler’s lyrical history, with points-of-view ranging from lapsed Christianity (the song Purgatory), to straight-up Agnosticism (Angel Band), this song must be a tongue-in-cheek dig at southern Evangelism.
For instance, the lyrics to Way of the Triune God:
I Don’t Need the Pills You Take
Just to Feel the Spirit Movin’
**Brother, I ain’t Slept in Days…
All Without the Drugs You’re Using**
The bragging of the narrator- that his faith has kept him awake for days on end- should not be taken as a positive attribute. Only the zealots of the world would live such an existence. And that subtext is much more fitting for Childers’ music over time.
Absolutely. This is a satirical song.
Luv this song!!Tyler has experienced that Triune God!
This song is definitely not satire. Being from the same county in Eastern Kentucky as Tyler , I can tell you this comes from the influence of our local free Will Baptist worship and heyms. You won’t find too many of us hillbillies who haven’t experienced that old time screaming and shouting at some time in our lives. Its a big part in our culture dating back hundreds of years. Our Scott Irish ancestors brought it here when they settled in the 1700s . Tyler ,Chris Stapleton, Keith Whitley, Loretta lynn, Ricki Skaggs,Sturgil Simpson and others are native to this tri County area in Eastern Kentucky, Johnson,Lawrence , Brethett. Playing music and mining coal is what we have done for generations. I’m a 3rd generation coal miners daughter, husband is a fourth generation coal miner / ok guitar player. And don’t start about my spelling or grammar mistakes , I already told you I’m a hillbilly.
wow you nailed it!