"What Hurts The Most" as written by Stephen Paul Robson and Jeffrey Steele....
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 'em out
I'm not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though goin' on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I'm okay
But that's not what gets me

What hurts the most was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do

It's hard to deal with the pain of losin' you everywhere I go
But I'm doing it
It's hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I'm alone
Still harder gettin' up, gettin' 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 was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do, oh

What hurts the most was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do

(Not seeing that lovin' you)
That's what I was trying to do, ooh

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"What Hurts the Most" as written by Stephen Paul Robson Jeffrey Steele

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  • +5
    My InterpretationOk I've seen the video and listened to the song a lot so heres my interp.....its about a guy and girl who are dating and close to graduating from high school and they *whistle* and shes *whistle* and he moves in...Her moms glad the boy is stickin up to bein a man by moving in and all that and really likes the boy but her dad is still havin trouble likin him.......a week later the dad argues with the boy and the boy leaves with all his stuff......while hes driving he loses control crashes and dies.....they find out and the mother tells her daughter and the dad doesn't know what to say. The girl goes through the drawers they shared to see if he left anything but doesn't find anything and shes so upset that he died and that her father had that fight with him which drove him off, that she throws slaps and hits her father in anger and sadness...Her dad,Aka guy in video, trys to calm her down by hugging her and possibly whispering sorry or i didn't hate him.........The moral is if your a guy(or you have a guy he)you shouldn't walk out on a girl if you still love her just because of something small and stupid
    Itchiroeon March 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe video for this is as amazing as the song itself! So amazingg.<3
    Chiwowwow2on February 19, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song goes 2 ways with me 1. its about a guy who had the girl he loved as his best friend. and after a while he had all these feelings for her and he just left them unspoken. after a while the girl met a guy and left him in the past...or 2. its about a guy who was dating a girl but never did tell her his true feelings for her, never told her he loved her. never did tell her the things that she wanted/needed to hear. and now that he's lost her...life is just about the regret of losing the one he loved...
    xBbopperxon January 18, 2006   Link
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      umm I don't think he tried to kill himself. I think it just happened. I watched the video a couple days ago and that's what I got out of it. In the beginning she gets pissed at her dad after finding out that he was dead because he made him leave and him leaving was when he got in the crash.
      Flag Lucylou1065on January 20, 2011  
      ok mdowg no offence but i think you have a screw loose this song is definatly about a couple who are really in love and wen he asks her what she sees in the future she says what do you see so he says he sees her and then he said what do you see and she ran outta the truck messing around w him and her dad didnt like her bf so he either left for college or somewhere and when he left he got in a car wreck and she runs back to the place he died to tell him that she saw him in the future because she never got to tell him before he died.
      Flag allie06on April 29, 2011  
      i think it is about a girl and guy truelly in love and the father told him to leave so the guy took a job in the army and on his way he got in a car wreck and then the ending is about her going back to where he died so she can tell him she saw him in her future.
      Flag LOVER2000on March 17, 2012  
  • +1
    General CommentI met this really great guy, but he was goin to the army.. I really fell for him and I had to let him go.. And I wish that all those times we were together that I could have said so many things.. But just couldnt... this song is about these kinds of situations
    tantalizinbabyon February 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so sad! she didn't get to tell him she really loved him before he died. oh, and just to correct some things i noticed in previous posts: he didn't commit suicide. he died in a car crash. that's what the clip with him hitting the windshield was all about. and it wasn't his grave she was at. it was a memorial cross at the site where he died. they don't actually burry by the side of the road! people just leave flowers and stuff there.
    therealremyon April 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song brings back so many memories for me...see my best friend who was a guy committed suicide our senior year and well i had this big crush on him and had all these feelings for him but never told him how i felt....he told me how he felt about me all the time...but i was so afraid of telling him my feeling...but a couple days after his death i heard this song and broke down...it was a really hard time for me considering he committed suicide 4 days before my 18th birthday...he was suppose to be at my house the night it happened but did show up...he ended up talking to his ex on the phone and well a little later killed himself...but anyways when i heard this song i thought of the last day i seen him it was in the lunch room at school and he was leaving to go to work...well he gave me a hug and told me hed call me later...but when i hear this song i think back to that day in the lunch room and wish i would have just told him everything...it really hurts that i didnt get to even tell him good bye...and i still love him to this day even though im getting married in 3 months...i just cant let him go...he was something special...was always there for me when i needed a shoulder to cry on...
    AudiLovesDougieon June 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe meaning of this song and the video is quite simple; it’s not about the boy killing him self or the girl being pregnant. It’s about a young couple who are in love and see each other together in their future but the father of the young girl doesn’t approve of the relationship. They are together all the time but never tell each other there true feelings for each other, when she asks “Do you ever think about the future, what do you see?” She is implying do you think about us having a future and do you see us together. When he responds “you, I see you”, he sees them having a future together but he never tells her straight out.
    At the beginning you see the girl crying and saying “it’s not true. “This is because she had just found out the love of her life has just died and she blames her father for his death as he made him leave and if the father didn’t enforce that action, he would still be with her.
    When you see her vomiting its not because she is pregnant, its because she is depressed, she lost her boyfriend and she has been crying so much its made her sick, physically ,mentally and emotionally. At the end when you see her running out the door, she is running to wear he was killed and says “I saw you” she is thinking back to that conversation that they had before he was killed and says she saw him in her future.

    You just have to look deeper into the lyrics and the video to understand it, you have to pull it apart and analyse it from both views. Its such a beautiful song and a beautiful clip!
    I play this over and over again, it never gets old!!
    manda01on June 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis place is SONG meanings... NOT video meanings!
    Leitoon July 17, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! I think it's about not telling someone how you really felt about them and then living with that regret. Has anyone checked out the Mark Wills version of it? Cheers.
    anfchic112on January 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs this the original ??? Cause here in the U.K a girl called Jo O'Meara released it at christmas time. ??
    our.lady.of.sorrowson February 14, 2006   Link
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