Mostly, songs and music imply stories of life experiences. They tell a realistic picture of what is happening around us or merely what is happening in someone’s life. The songwriters patch those into every word and lyric. Meanwhile, singers bring them to life through their vocals and harmonies. A good case in point is Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying.” The words and lyrics say it all. Indeed, it can make your eyes water.
“Live Like You Were Dying” is perhaps one of most soulful songs dedicated for all of us. It is merely counseling a listener to enjoy life or to live life to the fullest. The song goes to everyone especially to those who have a new perspective in life upon learning they have limited time.
Moreover, the song was written to inspire us. The core is to experience life to the fullest while becoming a better person. We don’t need to be in a situation wherein we realize we are running out of time.
Live Like You Were Dying…
Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Live Like You Were Dying.” They wrote the song based on families and friends who learned of illnesses specifically that of cancers. On the other hand, Tim McGraw had a personal significance to the song. At that time, Tim McGraw’s father, Tug McGraw, had been given a few weeks to live. The doctors found a brain tumor. However, he lived for nine more months and passed away on January 5, 2004.
Furthermore, “Live Like You Were Dying” became a big hit. Perhaps, it’s because of its message. It truly pierced the hearts and souls of every listener. Not to mention, the song won several awards. It won “Single of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the 2004 Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards. Also, it won “Best Country Song” at the 2004 Grammy Award. Lastly, the song was named by Billboard Magazine as the most significant country song of the year in 2004.
“Live Like You Were Dying” also topped the country charts. It peaked at number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on July 17, 2004.
In one of Tim McGraw’s concerts, he dedicated the song to a cancer patient who was in the audience. He noticed a woman whose head was wrapped in a scarf.
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