January 17

Little Texas’ Advice : “Try not to think about ‘What Might Have Been”

Once in a while, I guess it’s normal that we recall those past affairs we had. Those memories give us different kind of feeling depending on how the relationship went. And eventually, we ask ourselves about the possibilities of what might have been…

Little Texas broke down barriers for today’s country music bands with their rockin’ country songs in the early ’90s. ‘What Might Have Been’. The song reflects back on lost love and often wondering where they would be today had they stuck it out.

The song was written by the band members themselves– lead guitarist Porter Howell, rhythm guitarist Dwayne O’Brien, and keyboardist and vocalist Brady Seals. According to their interview accounts, the song came into place while they were sitting at the back of a bus while they happened to talk about their past romances.

“We were all sitting around talking about our own ‘what might have beens,'” Seals narrated. “All of those high school stories that each one of us had where we loved someone so much at the time, and we were thinking this is going to be forever.”

Sure I think about you now and then
But it’s been a long, long time
Well I’ve got a good life now, I moved on
So when you cross my mind
I try not to think about what might have been
Cause that was then and 
We have taken different roads
We can’t go back again 
There’s no use giving in 
And there’s no way to know 
What might have been

Her name is Clarice..

Little Texas' Advice : "Try not to think about 'What Might Have Been" 1

Something else about that song that was so detrimental for its success was the video.

Two music videos of the song, directed by Jack Cole, were filmed for the song. The first version focuses around World War II and shows a couple dancing just before the man has to go off to war.

The second version features a man named Michael, who brings his son, Tommy, to visit Michael’s grandfather, Nathan, who lives in a nursing home. After arriving, Tommy shows his great-grandfather a photograph that he had found of Nathan with a woman he met during World War II, named Clarice.

Throughout the visit, Nathan shares various stories with Michael about Clarice, along with the fact that they had lost all contact with each other after the war ended. After Michael and Tommy leave, Nathan walks about the nursing home hallways when he passes an elderly woman. He suddenly stops and turns around to see if the woman looks familiar – it turns out to be his long, lost love, Clarice.

As they reunite, the video flashes back to the younger Clarice and Nathan sharing a kiss.

We can’t go back again, there’s no use giving in

Our past relationships will always be a part of our life’s chapter. However, may we not let it affect us in the present especially when we are already with somebody else. After all, the present is what matters most. We just have to take care of the people whom we share our love and life, and with best hopes, will last forever.


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