"Why" as written by Allen Shamblin and Robert Mathes....
You must've a been in a place so dark, couldn't feel the light
Reachin' for you through that stormy cloud
Now here we are gathered in our little home town
This can't be the way you meant to draw a crowd

Oh why, that's what I keep askin'
Was there anything I could have said or done
Oh I, had no clue you were masking a troubled soul, God only knows
What went wrong, and why you'd leave the stage in the middle of a song

Now in my mind I keep you frozen as a seventeen year old
Roundin' third to score that winning run
You always played with passion no matter what the game
When you took the stage you shined just like the sun

Oh why, that's what I keep askin'
Was there anything I could have said or done
Oh I, had no clue you were masking a troubled soul, God only knows
What went wrong, and why you'd leave the stage in the middle of a song

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Now the oak trees are swayin' in the early autumn breeze
The golden sun is shining on my face
The tangled thoughts I hear a mockingbird sing
This old world really ain't that bad a place

Oh why there's no comprehending
And who am I to try to judge or explain
Oh, but I do have one burning question
Who told you life wasn't worth the fight
They were wrong
They lied
And now you're gone
And we cried

'Cause It's not like you, to walk away in the middle of a song

Your beautiful song
Your absolutely beautiful song


Lyrics submitted by monkeybutt123

"Why" as written by Melissa A. Elliott Chad James Elliott

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    Song Meaningi think this song is about suicide and how someone they knew killed themself. "song" being a metaphor for life, and how they walked away from life when things got tough.
    monkeybutt123on April 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentvery powerful song.. definitely about a young person and suicide and how people mask their pain and how even people who some think are living a perfect happy life go through struggles. I think this person was really good at things they did but couldn't take the struggles and since they hid their pain nobody could help them through it so death was the only answer to them.
    tugboatlove1on May 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful and deep ='(
    Makes me so sad, I love this song. <3
    JustxKillxMeon September 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlthough Rascal Flatt's performs the song, there are Song Writers who write the songs. Some artist do write their own songs too but this song was written by Allen Shamblin who also wrote He Walked On Water, I Can't Make You Love Me, Life's A Dance, Don't Laugh At Me and numerous others. Allen wrote this song about a friend that he went to school with, Richard Roddy. Richard was very talented and admired by so many people but came to a very low place in his life when he chose to take his own life. Allen wrote the song while grieving and in honor of Richard. Maybe it will also help anyone else that might become that low to remember that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, all things will pass. Believe in God and yourself to see you through hard times. We all have them and it is life's lesson to teach us how to grow and learn. I know that my most important lessons learned have included pain.
    HuffmanLadyon November 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentR.I.P. Keith
    bslayon June 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    MemoryEverytime I think of this song I think of my friend who passed away a year ago this month. It changes your life forever and it's something you will never forget. Though Rascal Flatts did not write the song, they sang it beautifully and captured the essence of what the writers were trying to portray (in my opinion). Miss ya Kels.
    ksoxon November 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentseems like this song was written about you..
    rest in peace GL<3
    livetodreamxxon March 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionWell this song is obviously about a 17 year old who committed suicide.
    This song is sooo beautiful..it makes me cry.
    I attempted suicide in August and I almost died.. Luckily, I didn't.
    It's taken until now to realize that life is so precious and beautiful.. You just always have to have hope. There's ALWAYS brighter days after those dark nights..
    <33
    yellowdiamondson December 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    MemoryThis song is so powerful. My stepmother committed suicide when I was five. I still cry over her every once in awhile. R.I.P Kat broken_angel1on May 29, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI definitely agree that this song is written about a loved one lost to suicide with the term 'song' used as a metaphor for 'life'...I lost my brother to suicide in 2013 an until hearing this song it never occured to me that every one has demons nobody else knows of...regardless this powerful song has had a therapeutic effect on my life
    lexyhurton March 19, 2015   Link
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