Reba McEntire Releases 'Heartfelt' New Video for the Song Played at Her Dad's Funeral

by Sophie Schillaci 10:35 AM PST, January 19, 2016
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Reba McEntire is getting personal.

The singer released a "heartfelt" new music video for her latest single, "Just Like Them Horses," on Tuesday, dedicating it to her late father.

"I got the idea for the video one day and knew it was going to be the most meaningful, heartfelt video I'd ever do," she explains in a press release. "We shot the entire video in Chockie, Oklahoma, on the McEntire homeplace. Those old hills mean a lot to me. I lived there 21 years and they still call me back time after time. This is a song about goodbye, closure and letting go."

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Reba's father, Clint McEntire, died on Oct. 23, 2014, after battling illness for five years, she said at the time. Now, Reba reveals that she played "Just Like Them Horses" at her father's funeral.

"[Songwriter] Liz Hengber sent me a CD of 'Just Like Them Horses' while I was listening to songs for my Love Somebody album. The minute I heard it, I knew I wanted it played at Daddy's funeral," she writes. "His life was horses, cattle, land, rodeo and business. Daddy did a lot of traveling in his life. When he wasn’t rodeoing or buying cattle, he was working hard on the ranch. I took him to Europe and Australia. On one of those trips he said, 'If I ever get home, I'm not gonna go past the mailbox.'

"My favorite line of the song is, 'Just like them horses, now it’s time to run,'" she adds. "He did. He ran all the way to heaven. Just like them horses."

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But the video also pays tribute to Mama McEntire -- Reba's mother, Jacqueline.

"Mama had to be in the video," Reba says. "She was and still is the glue to our family. Without a doubt, the ranch wouldn't be what it is today without her. She was the partner, bookkeeper, No. 1 hired hand, cook, my best friend and as I said, the glue. So many times things could have gone south, but she held us all together."

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Reba is turning over a new leaf in 2016, with her divorce from Narvel Blackstock officially finalized last month.

"Thanks for all of those sweet messages," Reba commented on her Facebook page. "Narvel and I are friends. We have always been."

In her first post-split interview, the 60-year-old icon was fully optimistic.

"I look forward to what's next. People always ask me, 'What are you going to do next?' Well, I dunno," she said. "God hasn't told me yet. God is my manager, my tour manager, my scheduler, everything, and He'll come up with the greatest things."