Watch Garth Brooks In A Controversial “Ask Me How I Know”


Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Of course, in the case of Garth Brooks, he was always top dog. So it was more like he just showed that he never forgot how it was done. And despite the fact that his latest No. 1 hit sparked significant controversy following his 2017 CMA performance, “Ask Me How I Know” is an amazing song. Watching him perform it live reminds us just why he has earned Entertainer of the Year so many times. But this particular performance was a bit controversial.

“Ask Me How I Know”

Garth Brooks, "Ask Me How I Know"
Garth Brooks (photo from 99.5 WYCD)

Mitch Rossell wrote “Ask Me How I Know.” The song is reminiscent of Brooks’ 51rst single, the 2007 “More Than A Memory.” Lee Brice penned that hit, though he was quite unknown at the time. “Ask Me How I Know” became Brooks’ latest No. 1 hit, giving him chart-toppers in three decades. There is an interesting amount of crossover between the two hits. 

Both of the tracks start slow and crescendo to an impassioned statement about love and loss. And both of them are a reflection on that loss. However, “Ask Me How I Know” is comparatively hopeful.

Garth Brooks Teaches A Lesson

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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 08: Garth Brooks performs at Yankee Stadium on July 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

“More Than A Memory” is a straight-forward story of sadness and regret. But “Ask Me How I know” is the story of an older man encouraging a younger man to keep his heart open. He tells him not to make his same mistakes. It’s a poignant message, particularly because Brooks is now old enough that he could easily teach that lesson. It even feels like Garth is speaking from life, though he didn’t write the song.


Garth Brooks, "Ask Me How I Know"
Garth Brooks wins Entertainer of the Year at 2017 CMA Awards (photo from

Despite how hopeful the message is and how popular the song became, it became a significant source of conflict after Brooks lip-synced it at the 2017 CMA Awards. Brooks defended that decision on the Ellen Degeneres Show and then performed the song live. And  his fans completely supported him. But his fans weren’t certain that this was their favorite performance of the song.

Fan comments ranged from “God I love this song so much” to “The backup singers were absolutely terrible; couldn’t even finish watching.” Another viewer wrote that “Will Ferrell is his drummer.” But no one had an issue with Garth himself. And that is because if anyone knows how to perform, it’s Brooks. What do you think about Brooks’ song and performance? Watch it below and let us know.