January 6

On Risks and Regrets: Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner’s “What If I Said”

A duet performed by Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner, “What If I Said” was a track in Cochran’s Back To You album released in 1997. The famous duet became Cochran’s only song that topped the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Charts. In 1998, the song was nominated for Vocal Duet of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Meaning Behind the Song

In “What If I Said,” Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner portray characters who aren’t in a happy relationship with their respective partners. They try to tell their feelings for each other, yet both parties are afraid to take the jump, afraid to hurt their partner’s feelings and theirs.

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It is often said that love is beautiful to be felt, but it usually comes with a price. Communicating is essential to take risks and having enough patience to deal with your significant other. 

Anita Cochran and Steve Wariner’s “What If I Said” also imply some regrets and unsaid words that should’ve been told way before. As we are unsure of what’s coming, we should be more open and honest about our feelings toward each other.

Listen to the passionate and soulful voices of Anita and Steve right here.


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