July 7.2014 – Story Behind “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

Dad

I chose “Live Like You Were Dying” for today’s featured song, because it hit close to home. Today would have been
my Dad’s birthday. He passed away in 1994 of brain tumors.
I have written a little more in depth about how this song played a part in my life, over on my blog page. If you
have time, stop by and check it out and please, leave a note if you’d like.
I know this song means so much to so many people. I think that is what I love most about music. It can help you
and me and for entirely different reasons. I hope you enjoy today’s song.~Robynn

Hear the story here!

After hearing stories of health scares with friends and family, Nashville songwriters Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman wrote “Live Like You Were Dying,” in which the protagonist makes the most of his last days by going sky-diving and mountain climbing and finding forgiveness.

“Live” was released in June 2004 and as the first single and title track from his Live Like You Were Dying album. “Live” reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard country music charts, and held that position for a total of seven consecutive weeks! In addition, it was named as the Number One country song of 2004 by Billboard.

“Live Like You Were Dying” is associated with Tim McGraw’s father, Tug McGraw, who was hospitalized with a brain tumor on March 12, 2003. It was revealed that he had cancer. He was given three weeks to live by the doctors, but survived nine months. He died on January 5, 2004.

“Live Like You Were Dying” won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Tim McGraw. .

“Live” was also named song of the year during the 11th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards Show.

When Tim McGraw accepted Single of the Year accolades for the “Live” at the 2004 Country Music Association awards, McGraw said of the song, “Of course, the song is special to me, but I think it is special to a lot of people. The song to me is not about death, it’s an affirmation about life.”

Lyrics written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman
He said I was in my early 40’s,
With a lot of life before me,
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days, lookin’ at the x-rays,
Talkin’ ’bout the options and talkin’ ’bout sweet time.
Asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end.
How’s it hit ya, when you get that kind of news.
Man what ya do.
And he says,

[Chorus]

I went sky divin’,
I went rocky mountain climbin’,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’ve been denying,
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’.

He said I was finally the husband,
That most the time I wasn’t.
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all the sudden goin’ fishing,
Wasn’t such an imposition.
And I went three times that year I lost my dad.
Well I finally read the good book,
And I took a good long hard look at what I’d do
If I could do it all again.
And then.

[Chorus]

Like tomorrow was a gift and you’ve got eternity
To think about what you do with it,
What could you do with it, what can
I do with with it, what would I do with it.

[Chorus]
Sky divin’,
I went rocky mountain climbin’,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I watched an eagle as it was flyin’.
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’.

To live like you were dyin’.
To live like you were dyin’.
To live like you were dyin’.
To live like you were dyin’.

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About Robynn

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!

3 thoughts on “July 7.2014 – Story Behind “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

  1. Louise Gomes

    This song is so beautiful! It makes me think to live life to the fullest ! Just got some bad news last month.Finding out that I have a Brain tumor . I’m at stage 3 for cancer. I feel loss, but my kids is what keep me going. I’m not afraid of death, but I just wanted to be there for my kids ! Wish me luck !

  2. Nicole

    I am so so sorry for you

  3. Kenneth Mckenna

    Songwriters are blessed with the ability to put theme selves in the shoes of others. I am a songwriter & know that feeling. Billy Joel speaks of it & is a good example of writing songs that reflect the thoughts of many. Tim Nichols & Craig Wiseman Kudos to you for writing what many people think. You transposed yourself into a time and place many fear to tread. My songs are my babies. This song must be your golden child. As a songwriter I hear songs and say, “Damn, I wish I’d a wrote that one “. I said that about your song. I still strive to write that great song, I’ll never give up. I’ll know when it happens but like you say many songwriters think every song is a great one. Thanks for the inspiration guys. Tim McGraw was the perfect fit for the song. Grew up watching Tug, with the N.Y.Mets. Thanks fellas.

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