There's no way around the fact that Chris Stapleton's music video for "Fire Away" is heart wrenching, poignant, and everything a sad country song is supposed to be. The video, directed by Tim Mattia, covers the risky topics of mental illness and suicide. A link to Change Direction, a non-profit that addresses the warning signs of emotional suffering, is provided at the end of the video.
It's important to your average man to have a handy list of reasons for the watery eyes the video is sure to cause. Finding Country has provided a helpful list below.
There's dust in my eyes. A reliable, albeit overused one. It's important to be in a location that actually contains dust when using this one, otherwise it's credibility will be pretty much shot.
Fake injury. It's far better to be suspected of weeping over a severe injury, rather than a touching music video. Make sure the injury is impressive, but reasonable. A broken ankle is the perfect balance of severity and believability , whereas internal hemorrhaging might go a little too far.
Death in the family. Crying for an aunt who's passed on is far more manly than weeping over the wrenching story. Use a fake relative, otherwise it can be extremely awkward when the person in question shows up at the next family reunion.
There's a leak in the roof, and it's landing on my eyes. This should be only used as a last resort. To be honest, we're running out of excuses.
Just tell the truth. It's okay to get a little watery eyed. It's a damn good video and song.