"If You're Reading This" as written by Brett Warren, Brad Warren and Tim / Mcgraw....
If you're reading this
My mama's sitting there
Looks like I only got a one-way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
And war was just a game we played when we were kids
Well, I'm laying down my gun
I'm hanging up my boots
I'm up here with God
And we're both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my mama always prayed that it would go
If you're reading this, I'm already home

If you're reading this
Halfway around the world
I won't be there to see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
She stands up for the innocent and the weak
I'm laying down my gun
Hanging up my boots
Tell dad, I don't regret that I've followed in his shoes

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my mama always prayed that it would go
If you're reading this, I'm already home

If you're reading this, there is going to come a day
You move on and find someone else and that's okay
Just remember this
I'm in a better place
Soldiers live in peace, and angels sing amazing grace

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my mama always prayed that it would go
If you're reading this, I'm already home


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"If You're Reading This" as written by Brad Warren Tim Mcgraw

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    General CommentThis song is so good...when he sang it at the awards show it was awesome and the part where all the soldiers families were on stage at the end was so sad...obviously if you read the lyrics you will know what it is about...a soldier who dies at war, and hes basically writing a letter to different people in his family (his mom, wife), explaining to them that hes in a better place...you should really download this song if you havent ever heard it
    dontuwishuknew87on June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a dying soldier. "Lay me down, in that open field out on the edge of town" refers to the memorial cemetary in Washington DC. "Halfway around the world" refers to being in a warzone somewhere across the world. I have my doubts that it has anything to do with cancer. I myself am a soldier currently serving in the Army National Guard. This song gives me goosebumps and I don't think that it has anything to do with battling cancer. I'm sure that you could find other songs like that. This song has been more inspirational to me that anyother war song that I've heard. "War was just a game we played when we were kids"... I don't think that kids act like they had cancer. I will be leaving for Iraq and my fiance is pregnant, and I won't be able to be here for the birth. So if you think that this song is about something other than the life and death of a true American Soldier, I will hold my side of the argument. Until then realize how much this song means to people who fight so that others can be free. We are not appreciated as much as you would think. People just think that war is a part of life. Not this war. This war stands for the freedom and strength of our country. The fact that he says "There's gonna come a day, when you'll move on and find someone else and thats okay. Just remember this, I'm in a better place. Where soldiers live in peace and sing Amazing Grace." That is knowing that if something should happen to him, He wants her to have a better life. Hope you enjoyed my views because if you want more, I have plenty.
    bassisr10486on July 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dont think YAHS07 was saying "this song isn't about soldiers, it is about cancer"
    they were saying that this song could mean many things to many different people.. because its true, it's all about having a different perspective. if everyone had the same perspective on a song, songmeanings.net wouldnt exist, now would it?
    dont think that its any disrespect to soldiers, i mean its pretty clear this song was written about soldiers, and we all still respect you for what you're doing.. just know that some people appreciate what you're doing as well as varying opinions.
    qsefton July 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpreach it bassisr10486.
    there are a lot of songs that are vague and can have many different meanings... it's pretty clear this is not one of them.
    God be with you bassisr10486
    aviethon July 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI won't take your right to what you believe in. But I will take my right into a strong perspective. When you have cancer, noone shows you that they don't agree with you. Everyday I am ridiculed. Some days people show their appreciation, but other days people look at me and show emotions anywhere from ashamed to angry. I face people the same way every day.
    bassisr10486on July 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentno one is denying that this song is written about a soldier dying in war and it is a letter to his wife. when i first heard this song it was halfway through on the radio and i kept thinking it was about different things until i heard the part about soldiers or something. this song is really moving and i love it... it makes me cry when i sit really listening to the lyrics. however, i can easily see how someone could relate this to their own life struggling with terminal illness (such as cancer) or even something like depression. "lay me down in that open field on the edge of town" could refer to any cemetary or even just any field on the edge of a town - it could just be a special place for the narrator. "halfway around the world" can be figurative... in mental illness (including depression) the person can feel so detached that it may feel like they are a million milles away... or maybe it could mean a hospital and the person is going in for surgery (it could be any type of surgery or treatment) - going in for surgery also can feel like you're a million miles away because you are usually sedated to some degree so you are groggy and you are in a sterile room without your friends and family. "war was just a game we played when we were kids" have you ever played doctor? or pretended to be sick? or it could be a play on words and the "war" we played as kids was the card game, whereas the "war" now is whatever the person has been battling with. again, no one is saying that that is what tim mcgraw was writing about... he was obviously writing about soldliers. no one is trying to take away that sentiment... but the purpose of music (and this website) is to connect and relate the songs to your own life. so if you are a soldier, then that interpretation is extremely personal to you and that is how it should be. but for those of us who aren't soldiers (and aren't married or related to soldiers), other interpretations are personal to us and that is the point of music - to connect with everyone.
    slowly fall aparton September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song. It's very moving and touching. One that I can't help but tear up when I hear it. The first time I heard this on the radio was after my little 6 year old cousin passed in May, and then a couple days later as we were driving to go to his funeral. I can't really relate to the rest of the song, but the chorus always gets to me.
    dats01on January 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about many things...
    Tim McGraw sung this about the soldiers over in Iraq. Other people might take the context and relate to other "battles" or "wars" they or someone they know might be facing.
    Anabellaon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with qseft & slowly_fall_apart. No one is denying that this song is about soldiers, but we are just saying, that to some people, it could mean something else, something more personal to them. Isn't that the whole point of music? Every song has a personal meaning to the author (or most do anyway), but the beauty of music is that each and every listener can take that song and make it meaningful to them and what they are going through. I know many soldiers who have gone overseas, and have talked to them when they have returned about what it was like over there & how they have changed, so this song does take on the meaning of a soldier writing back home. But I also have family members who have lost their battle w/ cancer... and this song can pertain to that situation too. I mean no offense to bassisr10486, but i do not see how you can tell someone that their understanding of a song is wrong. No one is saying that you are wrong, they are just offering alternative explanations of what the song might mean to different people.

    That's what makes music so special-- it can take on any meaning to any person, depending on what that person is going though at that moment.
    musikfan342on April 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSomething that should have been said already, but is never too late.

    To Bassisr and all soldiers to read this: Good luck, God Bless, and come home safe.
    Tsepesh45on May 03, 2008   Link

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