Kenny Chesney: Who You'd Be Today Meaning
Song Released: 2005
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Who You'd Be Today Lyrics
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
Feel you everywhere I go
See your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe you're gone
It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that...
I was 18, and my cousin was 19; he had just come home for the first time after joining the Army. I got to go see him and spend most of the day with him and his sister. We ate lunch at Taco Bell, and listened to "Black Betty" thinking it was a risque because it had the word damn in it. :) A couple of nights later he was out with a couple of his friends. He was driving when the tie rod broke and sent the car into a guard rail, throwing my cousin out of the car, the car landed on him and killed him instantly. Unfortunately, his friends had to climb over him in order to get out of the car. I'm blessed to have been able to have that lunch with him and sing Black Betty. That was the hardest funeral I've ever attended. Full Military service with the rifles firing a 21 gun salute and playing taps.
This is a wonderful song! You sing it beautifully!
I hope you're still enjoying your UT quilt I made you some years ago!!! :)
anonymous May 18th, 2019 5:28am report
My son Travis called me from WA ST on fathers day to wish me happy fathers day, and to me too. I said Travis, are you going to be a daddy? He said “yes, we just found out a couple days ago and I wanted to supprise you on fathers day, my gift to you.” 4 days later he was killed instantly in car accident coming home from work. Nothing like that dreaded phone call. That will be 10 years ago this June 26. Not a day goes by that I dont miss him. He will be forever 30 years, 1 month & 9 days old.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2019 3:02pm report
A friend of mine passed away in December of 2016. He was only 19, and suffered a heart attack from a blood clot. He had a lot going for him, already in college, being looked at for a junior electorate, surrounded with friends and family that loved him, and he had a girlfriend of three years who he was starting to think of proposing to. All of that gone overnight for him. He was a dear friend of mine, practically a brother to me, and had mentored me through quite a few things within school. I miss him daily still, and hope to see him again once death has taken me. So this song means quite a bit to me.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2019 2:48pm report
13 years ago i lost my son to stillborn full term. This song helps me through it all. Thankyou kenny for songing this song. Alot of people can relate to this. Taison would be a teenager as of feb 2 2006. God bless anyone that relates to this. Youre in my prayers
anonymous Nov 30th, 2018 11:16pm report
My aunt died. By her own hand.
It was sad. I was very young. This didn’t really hit me until I got older. She was gay and as I got older I realized I am too. We will never know why she did what she did. But I could have definitely been there for her and being that she would have been several years older than I am she could have been there for me in ways that not many people can understand. I will never know how she got to how she got and possibly how she could have got out of it. I look forward.
anonymous Aug 16th, 2018 8:12pm report
My little sister died at 11 months. She was really sweet for a baby. I was really upset and heartbroken. I have heard things done by Brad Paisley and other artists, but none like this. It's like Kenny knows how we feel. Thank you is all I have to say. Thank you, Kenny Chesney.
anonymous Jul 31st, 2018 7:27pm report
My husband died last month. 54 years old, 3 days before his birthday. I am completely heartbroken and I hear so many songs that have pieces that I relate to but nothing like this. My husband was fine, a little achy. He went to the ER and they said he had Lyme Disease. He was put on Doxycycline and it destroyed his liver. He got worse and worse and 3 weeks later he died during what should have been a successful transplant. Death is not expected but this was so UNEXPECTED. I think about how lucky I am to have wonderful memories to hold on to but I am so sad that I will never have him again. I don't like my new life. I don't want my life like this. I will always love him.
anonymous Jul 23rd, 2018 7:59am report
I lost my daughter and her 2 very close friends 3 weeks before their high school graduation in a car accident. Was not there fault, infact they were three very good girls just going about there business and was hit from behind and sent acrossed a highway mediam into a tractor trailer. All 3 girls gone in a flash and 1 of there guy best friends left on this Earth to grieve and say why me about being left here to face the grieving he was going to have in his heart along with many severe injuries, and to grieve mentally for his friends. This song actually helps me to feel that (I'll see you again someday). And I hold on to that lyric in my mind and heart each and everyday. It is the most horrible way to lose anyone especially a child and at the most exciting time in their life as they would have been walking down that isle and getting there high school diploma that they worked so very hard for, for 13 years of there life. And they never got the chance to experience that because their lives were cut so short for no apparent reason.Now they are "The 3 Angels". I thank you for this song that I listen to very very often.
anonymous Apr 27th, 2018 4:20am report
My son died from a car accident Feb 21, 2005.I never got to hold his hand ,it was a shock.very good boy,just turned 18 and gave him a car.Someone went through a stop sign Nd that was it.Taking just like that on his way home from town.Air bag never come out.I wrote kenny Cheney cause my son loved his music,and then that song came out the same year on my mother's birthday Nov 8,2005 I think anyway it did.The song that touch my heart and still does.Even if kenny Chesney never read my letter,it was right timing for me.
anonymous Oct 21st, 2017 10:50pm report
This song hits me super hard. When I was 4, my little brother was rushed to the hospital, at the time I didn’t know what was going on, and neither did he, he was only two. By the next day, he had died of minengitus. This is the song that we played at his funeral and one of the only things I remember from that time. I will always remember him, and even though I didn’t know what happened then, I miss him so much now.
anonymous Sep 30th, 2017 9:36pm report
This makes me sad and cry I lost a son at the age of 4 due to a rare type of cancer after 6 months. Then a few years later I lost a baby girl after 3 days later.so when I hear that song I do wonder what they would be like right now
anonymous Jun 27th, 2017 6:46pm report
Awesome song. Got me thru sudden death car crash of my wife and daughter. One year married just getting custody of my daughter into finally a stable home and just two days before moving into our new bought home.
anonymous Apr 26th, 2017 4:56pm report
The song is a song to a person who died before their time (“It ain’t fair, you died too young / Like a story that had just begun / But death tore the pages all away”). The narrator describes how much he has missed that person and questions what their life would be like if they were still alive ("Sometimes I wonder who you'd be today"). The song ends with the narrator saying that the only hope that comes from the death is knowing they'll see each other again someday.
The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered on CMT on September 27, 2005. It starts off with two teenage boys in a basketball practice, and then cuts to Chesney's performance, and subjects related to the song's storyline. Throughout the video, friends and couples are seen speaking to each other. A high-school couple is seen talking together, and flashbacks are seen, implying that the woman was killed in a car crash. A woman is sitting on a bench, talking to a man, later scenes show the woman pulled from a burning building, and imply the man died in the fire. The boys playing basketball are also seen playing at the same court as kids, then cutting to serving in the military. As the boys run up the basketball court, one of them disappears, revealing the other one to be playing alone and reflecting on the past with his friend.
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anonymous Apr 26th, 2017 4:06pm report
This song is so beautiful, i lost one of y best friends 2 years ago, 2 weeks before her graduation,She wanted to go to college an become a cardiac surgeon. I think about her all the time an wonder who she would be today. it still gets to me, this song really does help me though i can relate to it. love it.
anonymous Jul 8th, 2016 7:27pm report
This song is amazing. It really speaks to me but I'm going to talk about the special meaning it has to my eighteen-year-old brother. We have a cousin that passed away twelve years ago. Now I was only two so I don't remember him, which is why I'm talking about my amazing brothers interpretation to this beautifully tied together song. He was only six months younger than my cousin that had passed away. My cousin, Tony, died of neuro-blastoma cancer at the age of six. In those six years that he was on earth with us, he and my brother, Jordan, became very close. Tony Vann Allan White(typically called Vann Allan) and my brother would always play with barbies because that is what Vann Allan enjoyed doing, my brother not so much, but he did anyway to make Vann Allan happy. This song is very relatable to many people for many different reasons. In my brothers case, it is meaningful to him due to the death of Vann Allan. Twelve years later and he still has a void in his heart from that special cousin that can never be mended. My brother is now going down the long journey of becoming a firefighter. Jordan says that he wants to be a firefighter because it is his passion, his reason, and while that may be true I feel like there is more to the story. I feel like he is fighter for Vann Allan. As if he is helping others so they never have to feel the way he did twelve years ago and still does every second of every day just from that precious young boy that deserved to live much longer and grow up with my brother. They could have been firefighters together. They had many more years to play Barbie together and that should have happened but it didn't. So, my brother is hanging on to the hope in this extremely touching song that states "I know I'll see you again someday." My brother plans on living a long, meaningful life to fight his and Vann Allan's fight. Then, he is going on to be reunited with Tony Vann Allan White once and for all.
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