March 17.2015 – The Story Behind The Song “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts

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The official video for Rascal Flatts, “What Hurts The Most” has been viewed over 41 million times!

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The story behind the song, “What Hurts The Most” written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson and recorded by Rascal Flatts

Jeffrey Steele tells how the song came about;

The song was originally inspired by losing my father and I just wanted to express something about it — but I ended up changing the meaning and I made it more of a love song, to be more universal. When I first heard the music it was just so sad, so this is what I started singing.

That’s just what kinda fell out after listening to it a few times. I remember singing the track and Steve wanted to put it in a higher key so it would sound more emotional. I remember screaming it and losing my voice so many times, trying to get it right.

So after finishing it, he asked what I was thinking. I still said, ‘No one’s ever going to be able to sing it because it’s too high. Lo and behold, Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts heard it and loved it. Their producer, Dan Huff, loved it and ended up making a really great record.

The coolest part about the story was, the song was originally cut back in 2002 by Mark Wills but never released. I was a little bit sad because I was really close to the song and loved it. About a year and half later, Faith Hill cut it, so we really had our fingers crossed when she made her current album, which is out now.

However, near the end of the recording they ended up dropping the song off the record. Again, I was just really upset about it because I really loved the song and felt like it got away from us. So when I heard Rascal Flatts was going to cut it I was so excited. It’s a song I’m really proud of and happy to have written with Steve — and that’s my story!

In 2007 this was awarded the BMI song of the year at the annual BMI Country Awards ceremony. In addition co-writer Jeffrey Steele was awarded the BMI Songwriter of the Year for this and other songs such as Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” and “Me and My Gang.”

“What Hurts The Most” became a 4 consecutive week number one song, beginning April 8. 2006

LYRICS: Written by Jeffrey Steele and Steve Robson
I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m OK
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that love in you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ It
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And having so much to say (much to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that love in you
Is what I was trying to do, oh.

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say (to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that love in you
Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that love in you
That’s what I was trying to do

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4 thoughts on “March 17.2015 – The Story Behind The Song “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts

  1. Doc

    As Charlie Sheen says, this article is “WIIGNNN!”

  2. Cayme Big Crow

    big question… Who is the actress that is this Video?? she did an awesome job!?

  3. Cayme Big Crow

    who is the actress who played in this video? she did an awesome job!

  4. Paris Mays

    This song is so touching. I cry every time I hear this song. This is the best song ever.

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