I was flipping radio stations while driving home this evening and came across “Live Like You Were Dying” so I stopped and listened for a while. Man! Not only does that song pack a particularly powerful punch in my life at the moment, what with my dad’s situation, but it’s just airtight, musically and lyrically. Great production, great performance by Tim McGraw. I felt overcome with envy. So that got me thinking about other songs I wish I’d written, and I decided to start listing them. After all, I can always refer to this list when I need inspiration.

I also decided to limit the list to songs which were probably written in Nashville, and probably intended for the country market, since that’s where we’re aiming and I sometimes find it so stifling that it’ll be a good reminder to see a list of great songs that stayed within the “safe” limits of country radio acceptability.

So this is the beginning of it…

Live Like You Were Dying
(James Nichols / Craig Wiseman)

I Hope You Dance
(Mark Sanders / Tia Sillers)

A Little Past Little Rock
(James Brown / Brett Jones / Tony Lane)

You’ll Think Of Me
(Darrell Brown / Ty Lacy / Dennis Matkosky)

Bring On The Rain
(Helen Darling / Billy Montana)

[Edit: additions since original post]
Every Light In The House
(Kent Robbins)

Wish I’d written that…

5 thoughts on “Wish I’d written that…

  • October 1, 2004 at 1:56 pm

    I know this is your list, but here are some of my favorite country songs, just for the record. A lot of these have great lyrics and melodies put together, or really catchy tunes.

    “Amarillo by Morning” – George Strait

    “Every Light in the House is On” – Trace Adkins

    “In My Own Mind” – Lyle Lovett

    “Coat of Many Colors” – Dolly Parton

    “The Gambler” and “The Coward of the County” – Kenny Rogers

    “There Goes My Life” – Kenny Chesney

    almost any ballad by Travis Tritt

    “She’ll Leave You With a Smile” – George Strait

    “Ol’ Red” and “The Baby” – the guy’s name escapes me but I know you’ll know who I mean – and he has a cute new song out now called “Some Beach”

  • October 1, 2004 at 2:02 pm


    “Does He Love You (Like He’s Been Lovin’ Me)” – Reba McEntire

    “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” – Toby Keith

    almost anything by Brooks & Dunn – they have a really cool combination of two different voices together

    “He Didn’t Have to Be” – Brad Paisley

    “When I Call Your Name” – Vince Gill

  • October 1, 2004 at 3:09 pm

    Hey, this wouldn’t be LiveJournal if folks didn’t feel free to post their own opinions on any issue. 😉 That’s what I was hoping for.

    “Every Light in the House is On” – Trace Adkins

    I love that song. I’m going to add it to my “wish I wrote it” list. We recorded our first Nashville demo at the studio where that album was recorded. They have a plaque on the wall. It felt like someone was saying “Welcome to Nashville, baby!”

    “Ol’ Red” and “The Baby” – the guy’s name escapes me but I know you’ll know who I mean – and he has a cute new song out now called “Some Beach”

    Yeah, Blake Shelton. I used to hang out with one of the co-writers of “The Baby” (Harley Allen) and he’s such a pathetic drunken lecher that it’s hard to believe he can write such poignant material.

  • October 1, 2004 at 3:17 pm

    almost anything by Brooks & Dunn

    Ooh, yeah. I’d include “My Maria” but it’s a cover and I don’t think it was intended for the country market. But it’s a great song. And they do have a great vocal blend.

    “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” – Toby Keith

    That reminds me that my favorite Toby Keith performance is the duet with Sting on “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” but there again, Sting probably didn’t originally write that for the country market. 🙂

  • October 3, 2004 at 9:48 am

    i know none of the above songs, i think. but one countryish song that i love is luck of the draw by bonnie raitt–is she country enough for your list?


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