May 26.2015- The Story Behind Rascal Flatts “My Wish”

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I picked “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts as I continue to play a series of a songs for the Graduates of 2015. My graduations rate right up there in the most awesome moments of my life, so I wanted to acknowledge our graduate’s achievements with songs. I hope you enjoy today’s song.

“My Wish” is written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson, and recorded by Rascal Flatts. It was released in August 2006 as the third single from their album Me and My Gang.

Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Steele talks to The Boot about the No. 1 hit for Rascal Flatts, ‘My Wish,’ which he wrote with Steve Robson;

I have four kids. In the past, I had written a song for both of my older daughters, Jessie and Casey. They always pipe up different thoughts when I write. My youngest daughter, Justine, was in the room that day and said, “Yeah, he never has written a song for me! He’s got his favorite kids!” She was just giving me all this crap! [laughs] At the time she was 13. I said to her, “You know what … I’m going to write a song about you today.” I threw it back at her. She goes, “Yeah, right!” It just happened to be that day that Steve was coming into town from London to write with me. It’s crazy … I’ll say something like that all the time, but it never really materializes.

Steve played me this music [that day], and when it was over, I asked him to play it again. It just captivated me. I just heard words coming. I started writing this song not really thinking about writing Justine a song. I started singing, “I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow” … It just had a feel to it. I thought, “Wow! This is about somebody who is going somewhere with their life.” Then it dawned on me … this is Justine’s song! This is it!

Once I got locked into it, ‘My Wish’ came to me for the title. I was just thinking about how crazy the world is right now for a kid to grow up in. I started writing it like I wanted her to know whatever she did in life, somebody was thinking about her all the time. Someone was always behind her no matter what.

When I got home after recording the demo that day, I said, “I wrote you a song today.” She goes, “Yeah, right.” I played it for her on the stereo. She looked at me and goes, “It sounds really country.” [laughs] I told her that this song — whatever happens with it — this is her song. She just kind of said, “Yeah … thanks, Dad” — with that teenager attitude, you know?

Now, I’m getting all these letters from parents saying various things … it’s the first dance song at weddings and all this stuff. It turned into this huge thing. Honesty, that’s where it fell out of. Remember when Babe Ruth said he was going to hit a home run for that kid in the hospital and he did? It’s kind of like that. The music was beautiful, and it inspired the words. Of course, now both of my other daughters are mad because this song has been the most successful song!

“My Wish” reached number one on the U.S. country charts in December 2006.

As of the chart dated March 19, 2011, the song had sold 1.741 million in the US.

“My Wish” is also the theme song for the segment in ESPN’s Sports Center with the same name on which the Make-a-Wish Foundation teams up with athletes to make children’s dreams come true. The song was featured on the 2010 movie Letters to God.

Buy the song here!

LYRICS: Written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson
I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you’re faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin’ till you find the window,
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God’s grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you’re out there getting where you’re getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big

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Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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