What does What Hurts the Most mean?

Rascal Flatts: What Hurts the Most Meaning

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Song Released: 2006

What Hurts the Most Lyrics

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 them out
I'm not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 18th 2013 !⃝

    I think the meaning is simple.

    It is saying that when you love someone so much that you would do anything for them, but you can't express your feelings and help them through something when they help you through so much, it hurts. You feel like your are the most horrible person in the world because you would do anything to help them but you don't know what or how to help. And as they leave because they need time you want to stop them but you can't because you don't know what to say, and you feel like a minute speck in his life when all he need is time to think because he love you.

    (He could represent anyone)

    Hope this makes since love y'all <3 :)


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 13th 2008 !⃝

    Ok so I read all ya'lls interpretations and I pretty much agree there was only a couple minor things that I wasn't quite sure about. But heres what I'm thinking:

    Ok so in the beginning when she's breaking down and hitting her dad she's being like that toward him because when he found out that the girl was pregnant (I gathered that from the stomach holding scene) he ran the boy off the property. As he left for reasons unknown he was in an accident. Throughout the video the girl is having flashbacks to their life together when they were happy. And at the end she is chasing yet another flashback she didn't really see the crash happening. She does however finally answer his question as to what she saw in her future. "I saw you. I saw you."

    so that's what methinks ^.^ hope ya like it


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 8th 2006 !⃝

    You're all wrong, let me lay it out for you...

    The song is about a young couple, the girl still living with her parents.. Who are very much in love. The video starts out with the girl having a break down in her bedroom.. Her mother crying, her father standing at her door. She runs at her father and says "this is your fault, you made him leave! I hate you!" and falls to the floor. The girl starts acting a little weird.. In the video the girl and guy are sitting in his truck in a field... She asks him what does he see in his future.. And he says "I seeyou".. She smiles and gets out of the truck, and he says "what do you see?".. She doesn't answer. Later it shows her throwing up.. Morning sickness and her parents running the boy off of their property, he speeds out of the driveway with her chasing him right behind.. It shows the truck with him in it, the windsheild breaking and him flopping around in the cab.... Then it skips to the end, and shows her running to a cross in the road, and she's crying.. She proceeds to say "I saw you... I saw you.." refering to her future.

  4. Frustrated
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    Feb 9th 2022 !⃝

    How great is it when we can get interpretations that apply to an individual. I think I’m older and what it exemplifies to me is my relationship with my now ex-wife. We were so close to having a great relationship but there are certain things she just wouldn’t listen too, I wasn’t able to express my opinion because I was automatically wrong. So what hurts the most is being so close to happiness. I had so much to say but she just walked away instead of listening to what was important to me. Yes I’m sure I made mistakes. Be happy and allow important people in your life the opportunity to at least express

  5. anonymous
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    May 19th 2020 !⃝

    I think this song is about a coupe that were so deeply in love but there parents didnt agree so her dad told him to leave and he didnt want to live without her so he purposly crashed into someone or something and she didnt want to believe it. she thought she saw him and she wanted to save him but was to late and found the cross for him and told him that she saw him in her future x2.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 29th 2017 !⃝

    I was at The Bluebird Cafe a couple nights ago and Jeffrey Steele the co-writer gave us the background on the song.... it was about his troubled relationship with his father. He did mention his son had passed away but he was 13, (not 6 as another person wrote) and it was not about his son,but about his troubled relationship with his father. The video with Rascal Flatts is a nice interpretation of another meaning of what the song could mean to many other people.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2014 !⃝

    I actually got to listen to the writer of this song (Jeffrey Steele) perform and notwithstanding that a song can mean different things to different people, he said that he was writing about not having the relationship with his dad that he wanted due to stubbornness on both of their parts.

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 24th 2014 !⃝

    in the song it says "knowing that loving you was wht i was tryna do" so does tht mean she didnt love him but tried to ?????

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 23rd 2014 !⃝

    I know what this song is saying but I have
    Another memory for it. I met someone over a year ago and started a friendship that was pretty complex at first. I didn't want to need him and he distanced himself several times for various reasons. The first time I wasn't ready for the distance and had a lot to say and was confused so I begged him to come back because I didn't want to miss out on something good! He helped me and risked a lot that and I'm thankful for that. It was on and off again for awhile until I think we were both getting frustrated. I haven't been very easy in life for about 3 years now because I've been sick a lot! It's kind of one of those things you have to accept or else you will destroy every relationship you have! I did tell everything my heart felt so I have no regrets there. Thanks again my angel for watching over me!

  10. anonymous
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    Nov 19th 2012 !⃝

    The way i see it is, they were inlove, parents didnt approve, he saw her in his future, which gave her security after knowing that she is pregnant with his child, but when he asked what she say she ran off, which makes him dying worse. she never got to tell him that she saww him in her future and being pregnant and didnt tell him didnt make anything better and the fact that her father made him leave just makes her feel like its in some way her fathers fault, because if his father would have let him stayed he might not have died, ergo none of this would have never happened.

  11. anonymous
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    Nov 7th 2012 !⃝

    I think this song means just loosing someone even if you were just friends. Like one friend asks if they want to be in a relationship. But eventually gets turned down and the friends really have "feelings" for each other, the other friend just didn't realize it because it just happened to me.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2012 !⃝

    Um not agreed with the interpretation given in the video of this song. It's another idea we get, when we concentrate on the lyrics alone of the song

  13. anonymous
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    Sep 25th 2012 !⃝

    what I got for the song is this... regardless of what is keeping them apart it is killing them not to be able to tell the other how much they love them.Think about it. Living your life with words left unsaid eats away at you inside. The whole pregnancy part of the video may or may not have to do with the song but it shook me to the core. I had a similar thing happen and everytime I hear this song I cry.

  14. anonymous
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    Mar 22nd 2012 !⃝

    well....i don't know about her being pregnant (as i have heard lots of people saying) she was throwing up because she was so sad and thats what i always thought.and as for the "not true" i thought that that was right after the parents told her he died and she was in denile or something meaning "its not true" that he is dead.and one thing i always thought was that (the one scene right before she went running after the car) it was right after the parents sent him out so it shows her watching him leave (at 3:55 in the music video time line through 4:00) and the fading sorta part (at 4:14-4:18) was when they "made him leave" (aka the last time she sall him "tears")and it shows her turning into back torward the house AND her running after him...(note that she was wearing two different outfits so showing that she DID'NT run after him in the car when he left aka when he got in the car crash)meaning that it was two different days and she is somewhat maybe "wishing" she ran after him so she could have saved him (SO sad) but i don't know i wish rascal flatts were here to give us the official interpratation ;)

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2012 !⃝

    Well I really don't understand the video but I most definitely no its not about a couple that gets into a fight all the time BC she s running towards is cross and YEA

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  16. anonymous
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    Dec 28th 2011 !⃝

    when i think of this song i think of my mom. she died a few months after she told me she was going to try to find a way for me me to live with her. like it says 'what hurts fhe most was being so close...and never knowing what could have been ' and it is hard dealing with the pain of losing her everywhere i go. sometimes i think life gets a laugh from kicking me when i'm down

  17. cavsbud8
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    Dec 13th 2011 !⃝

    You are ALL wrong...the songwriter lost his 6 yr old son..this song was about their lost relationship.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  18. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2011 !⃝

    this song is talking about a couple who are in love but the girls parents dont like her boyfriend and they dont want them together so her dad breaks them up with some lie and hes upset and speeding out of the driveway onto the road and later up the road his car starts to flip and she hears about it from her father and she starts blaming him...which it is really his fault and she cant get over him and she misses him. i love this song it shows what true love really is!!

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