"What Might Have Been" as written by and Howell/o'brien/seals....
Sure I think about you now and then
But it's been a long, long time
I've got a good life now, I've moved on
So when you cross my mind

I try not to think about what might have been
Cause that was then and we have taken diff'rent roads
We can't go back again there's no use giving in
And there's no way to know
What might have been

We could sit and talk about this all night long
And wonder why we didn't last
Yes, they might be the best days we will ever know
But we'll have to leave them in the past.


That same old look in your eyes
It's a beautiful night
I'm so tempted to stay
But too much time has gone by
We should just say good-bye
And turn and walk away


No, we'll never know
What might have been

Lyrics submitted by Manderzterz

"What Might Have Been" as written by Brady Seals Porter C. Howell

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    General Commentthis song to me means so much! it's about still loving someone after so many years but both people tried to forget,and they moved onwith there lives while thinking about each other .it's hard loving someone for so long and they are locked so deep iside it hurts.they still look back to the past and see what went wrong and what might have been if they would've stayed together .

    sammie joon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is just amazing. I was looking through websites about people all around the world who still continue to think about their first loves and its been years for them.
    Doesn't matter how good or bad the situation when the person left but the whole meaning behind it all is how they changed your life. I think about him everyday and its been a long time since I seen him. Even though I have my own life now. I will never forget him.
    Missladyleleon February 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthm..cool
    alkalinegirlon April 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentme likey this song...thats all there is to it!! :)
    VozDelAlmaon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti first heard this song while in the car with my parents and they were listening to the country station (*gag*) but anyway.. this song came on and it reminds me of my old summer love *sigh* but I have a new boyfriend now, and we both have moved on... so sad... so sad *tear*
    RagingAnneon June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteven though this song is actually about a lost love.. to me its about my best friend.. or i guess x best :/ we let thingz get between us.. n now things r juss too different.. n i dnt kno that talkin thing out would help.. it makes me really sad.. but it mite b true! :'(
    PnkMnky88on May 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song, it has such a strong meaning to it. Everytime I hear it, I cry! It reminds me so much of my ex and I! We still love each other, but both of us have moved on, and look back at what we had together! Such a great song, most people don't understand these types of songs, until they actually experience what is happening!!
    shawty_082on June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone ever seen the Video for this song? It is amazing. Its about an old man recalling a love from WW2 with his son and grandson.
    oocaptainooon April 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI remember the video. It was great, and you can still catch it on Youtube.
    lobo81865on August 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne last thing: After that goodie, this song came on and I was still smiling. Although the tears started bursting midway through the song, I knew right then and there my life was never going to be the same again from that moment on. They were tears of sadness but release and hope. I dedicate this last song to my one. But I wasn't his so that that's why this song fits perfectly. Toodles
    ALWAYSYOURS4EVERon June 13, 2011   Link

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