Rodney Crowell - Things I Wish I'd Said Lyrics




You lay there fighting for each breath
While angels hovered 'round your bed
With open arms like God' s own smile
They led you to the light

What a battle you have won
And now your journey has begun
To the land where spirits fly
And your soul will never die

So travel lightly in my heart
You and I will never part
And far beyond this world we see
There's a place for you and me

And I thank my lucky stars
We had a chance to heal our scars
Now I don't have to hang my head
Over things I wish I'd said

So here am I your only son
I'm thinking back on work we've done
You were strong and I was young
Man we had our fights

And everything I felt for you
Has been turned to something new
And this is love I feel today
It will never go away

So travel lightly in my heart
You and I will never part
Far beyond this world we see
There's a place for you and me

And I thank the moon and stars
We had a chance to heal our scars
Now I don't have to hang my head
Over things I wish I'd said

I don't have to hide my tears
I don't have to drown my fears
And I don't have to hang my head
Over things I wish I'd said

No, I don't have to live in dread
Over things I wish I'd said





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  1. Brett Rommel

    One of the best live performances of a song I've ever heard. It memorializes, with such clarity, his last visit with his dieing father. I like it better than the studio version.

  2. WAYMORE

    Love this song, almost makes my eyes water!!!

  3. Randy De Lucia

    just discovered this song.. it's something of awesome, cannot stop to cry; but I like it completely

  4. narancauk

    ''travel lightly in my heart''-------What does it mean??????????????Can someone explain in other words.Please…..

  5. amy powell

    Wow good stuff

  6. Alvin Gjustrum

    When my aunt died in 1991, I wore this song out playing it over & over crying! My favorite singer!

  7. ohwhatelse

    Rodney, you've written some good ones but, I think this is yr very best. Thank you. Very meaningful song & it reminds us all to settle things before it's too late. I'm glad to hear that you do believe in a better place to get to. I just HOPE you know that the Bible (New Testament) teaches that it's ONLY belief in Jesus that can get us there. And of course, we have to ask for forgiveness for what all we've done wrong since God won't let impurities into a sinless Heaven. God bless you kid. See you there. Virginia

  8. Jay Surles

    That's a heavenly inspired beautiful song Rodney wrote ….

  9. Stephen Austin

    in his own way, as good as Hank Williams...

  10. Justin Ridings Music

    The most beautiful song ive ever heard.

  11. denis dickinson

    Fifty One Dislikes?....Maybe those Folks got some taste...in their mouths??

  12. ohwhatelse

    love this song.

  13. Larue Kean

    Yes I love that song and the man sang it

  14. Vibes

    My grandpa died a couple days ago and we had his funeral today and he had this song play and I would love to learn how to play the solo at 1:24 in honor of my grandpa of which he was in the marines.

  15. David Tull

    The poets poet. Gods blessings to you sir.

  16. Kurt Kopf

    You lay there fighting for each breath
    While angels hovered 'round your bed
    With open arms like God's own smile
    They led you to the light
    What a battle you have won
    And now your journey has begun
    To the land where spirits fly
    And your soul will never die
    So travel lightly in my heart
    You and I will never part
    And far beyond this world we see
    There's a place for you and me
    And I thank my lucky stars
    We had a chance to heal our scars
    Now I don't have to hang my head
    Over things I wish I'd said
    So here am I your only son
    I'm thinking back on work we've done
    You were strong and I was young
    Man we had our fights
    And everything I felt for you
    Has been turned to something new
    And this is love I feel today
    It will never go away
    So travel lightly in my heart
    You and I will never part
    Far beyond this world we see
    There's a place for you and me
    And I thank the moon and stars
    We had a chance to heal our scars
    Now I don't have to hang my head
    Over things I wish I'd said
    I don't have to hide my tears
    I don't have to drown my fears
    And I don't have to hang my head
    Over things I wish I'd said
    No, I don't have to live in dread
    Over things I wish I'd said
    Songwriters: Rodney Crowell
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    Things I Wish I'd Said
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  17. Scott Ferguson

    Perfect song. Captures it ALL.

  18. vbooher

    This guy should have been a mega star 💫

  19. Darrell Somers

    Now I live and dread things I wish I said

  20. Amanda Renee

    my name is Benjamin i lost my mom in 09 this song makes me cry evertime but i love this song

  21. Nic Bing

    These Words just bind like pollen to the bees knees ..

  22. susie sanders

    9 - 15 - 2018 - I ' LIKE - SINGER & SONG .

  23. BMaria K

    My dad just died from a long battle with cancer. I just happened upon this song. Powerful. I cant stop crying. I miss my daddy!

  24. Chuck Layton

    I played this song at my dads wake, brings back many memories

  25. sandra king

    This reminds me of my late Husband

  26. Venture Electronics

    Incredible voice.

  27. Chris A Carrillo

    Luv, Peace and Huggz Compadre...
    I wish I'd said a few things to my folks...
    Mom left in may of 2004 and Dad the last day of 2007...
    Thanks - Chris mad mex

  28. Kenneth Alwon

    Breathtakingly beautiful.  Wow.

  29. Digger Dawg

    I got a few shivers, goosebumps, and a lump in the throat listening to this. Had to play it a few times one-after-the-other to catch it all. My Father died alone, in a nursing home, coming up 4 years ago on 2nd May 2014. I myself was in hospital a hundred miles away, and was unfit to travel when they called my mobile (cell) phone to inform me he passed away. He was in good spirits the last time I spoke to him, and I arranged to see him when I got discharged and was fit to travel out to the home. It would only have been (hopefully) 2 weeks. I talked with him on Thursday evening (May 1st). The next day, he was having his tea and biscuits before bedtime at 9pm, and was noted to be in good cheer and still joking with the staff. The nurse came to collect his cup at 10pm and give him his medication, but that was it - in the space of an hour, he decided to leave this world.

    I never got to say the few things I wanted him to hear. And likewise, there were a few things he never said to me, as neither of us were emotional in that sense (we never said we loved each other, and I never even called him Dad). We were just like 2 mates that got drunk together, rode our motorbikes, and took the piss out of each other quite a bit.

  30. Han Hoed

    Els mijn lieve Els zal je nooit vergeten!

  31. Stuart Sullenbarger

    What a beautiful song,,,Rodney goes un noticed as a song writer and a musician....we love you buddy.

    Rosalie Polley

    Such a beautiful song,,,,Rodney Crowell sings it from the heart..

    ohwhatelse

    Stuart Sullenbarger ...no, Rodney, you aren't un-noticed as a songwriter and instrumentalist! I have appreciated those talents ever since I 1st heard you. So glad you settled down though!

  32. oriolesandravens

    Mom died from cancer in 2004; Dad left us in 2013. This is for both of you. I can't wait to see you both in eternity, worshiping Jesus around His magnificent throne.

  33. Robert Thomas

    Mom & Dad

  34. Randy Manning

    You lay there fighting for each breath, while angels hover around your bed

  35. Tom W

    My dad has been gone almost 9 years and I still think about him every day. His photo is the screensaver shot on my cell phone. This song reminds me how much I loved...and still do love him.

  36. Mark Barnes

    OMG!!!!!!!!

  37. oriolesandravens

    I wanted to sing this at my mom's funeral. She passed from lung cancer Easter night 2004. I dared not after my dad committed suicide September 2013. If I could have one wish, it wouldn't be for fortune or fame, but to sit once more and talk with them.

  38. Rudi Grubl

    I love this song,GREAT SINGER.

  39. boscoco

    Rodney Crowell & Alan Jackson are 2 of my favorites in the country music scene. the first time I heard "I Couldn't Leave You if I Tried" it caught my attention, big time! I then took notice with more of his music. great songwriter!

  40. Naedine Austin

    Love this man and his music, a true American treasure.

  41. night maher

    I'd listen to anything Rodney wrote. So talented!

  42. Msiddian

    Many years ago in 1991, my husband and I were watching The Ralph Emery show in Nashville network. Rodney Crowell was on and sang this song. Our 20 yr old son, kevin, had left a couple of hours before this. He came over and hugged me, and told me he loved me and would be back in a little while. This song came on and I told my husband that  if something happened to Kevin, our last words were, "I love you." An hour later, our doorbell rang. Our son had lost his life in an accident. My sister wrote to Rodney and told him about this and how we had just heard this song. Rodney sent us a card, and a tape from that show with him singing this song.  He is a wonderful man.

    Mark Barnes

    god bless you and your family. i just came along to this , and i lost my dad, niece, and uncle within 1 month. march 2017, and this is just so beautiful! take care of each other, because this world is just crazy anymore. xoxox!!!!!!💗

    Venture Electronics

    Very sorry for your loss.Best be with you.

    Randy De Lucia

    god bless you, sorry to read a so sad thing

  43. Bob Ross

    my mom was a bitch, dont care

  44. Youggle-It ....... if-n ya can't fix-it.

    beautiful.

  45. Bev Taylor

    Important song. Wish I could thank Crowell for it.

    ohwhatelse

    Bev Taylor ...well, you know, since he evidently posted it I think you just did.

  46. breffnipark

    Rodney Crowell = great talent !!

  47. Gail Lavoie

    This song is for my dear brother Donald. fly high Bro!!!!!!!! Miss you so much

  48. John McHugh

    Classic!!!

  49. Steven Kennedy

    Rodney Crowell wrote this for his late father who, like many of us had some or, in some cases , many differences with our fathers but had a chance to reconcile those differences before it was too late.  RIP Dad, I Love & miss you. everyday.

  50. John Valenzuela

    thinking of mom

  51. Vladimir Eisen

    What a great artist!

  52. Keith Burkhart

    good stuff

  53. Mark Bond

    Rodney CroweCrowell is a genius, a great songwriter and singer.

  54. Diane Lapointe

    What a great song

  55. Walker Beavers

    this to my son Drew

  56. Thomas Pate

    Fantastic!

  57. Rebecca H.

    Rodney Crowell is an American treasure -- this song lives in my heart forever.

  58. Kendra Kyer

    this is lori r., not the person shown. I hold this song of RC's for the 10 family members I've lost in past 5 yrs..beginning with Dad and Mom and the other eight. No other song can say to them what this does......I love Rodney Crowell

  59. Leonard Krauteim

    Len Krautheim, This is the one of the best songs ever . if you don't like it you are already dead!

  60. Niih VEVO

    the best

  61. Jay Surles

    It would not be hard to think of this song as being one of the best all time, considering the subject matter we all have ......

  62. Safeni21

    I cry everytime I hear this song - so beautiful words and a great singer

  63. Tanya Keifer

    Such a handsome man and Great singer!

  64. parry zuchowski

    music  our soul our heartbeat and strength i loss my mother my house an my cousin and my 12 yr old daughter in one year i turned to my guitar an songs like this help me cope thank you rodney for such a heart felt song

    Bob Donovan

    @parry zuchowski very very sorry for your heartbreaking losses Pick up a guitar and round up your sorrows and make music in honor of your losses

    parry zuchowski

    thanks that is just what im doing

  65. Angie Veri

    What a beautiful song and lyrics Rodney Crowell. I have sung it many times for Friends I have lost, it's very appropriate. Thank you for writing lyrics that my heart feels to say at times like the loss of my friends.

    Angie Veri

    I keep coming back to listening to this song to listen over and over.

  66. oriolesandravens

    I wanted to sing this at my mother's service 2004, but didn't have the strength. I wanted to sing this at my dad's service in 2013, but it didn't seem right, as he committed suicide. I still miss them.

  67. Song Chaser

    In 2012, I lost my dad to Alz.  In those last few days that he was conscious, I made sure he heard everything I wanted him to know.  While I'm sure he already knew, in those last days of consciousness , when I knew he could still here me, I told him I loved him and that beyond that, he was and will always be my hero.  So now, 2 years later, this song still rings so true to me. 

  68. Will Thiel

    This song expresses how I feel about my Dad.  Five years gone, and forever in my heart.  I love you Dad, and I love Rodney for writing  such a heartfelt song.

  69. Mark Kelly

    I remember you dad every day..and I will see you again. a happy day that lasts forever

    ohwhatelse

    Mark Kelly ...i thought he said it was written about his mother.... a good pne, at any rate.

  70. Mary Leach

    This is such a beautiful song. Just change the word son to fit your own situation.....

  71. Ramona Gooch

    Miss you daddy. Love you forever. See you on the other side when it is my time.

  72. Patricia Harrington

    really need mom and dad right now....decisions to make <3

  73. Chance Chipman

    i miss you dad you were my hero and best frind love rick

  74. duaneless

    Rodney wrote it...

  75. Brittannia Moon

    oh wow......

  76. lovethosecartwrights

    Made me almost cry...sadly I do have tings I wish I'd said to both my parents especially my dad and my brother too

  77. Louise Maass

    Beautiful --- Reminds me of the many loved ones I've lost and never had a chance to say what I wanted to say.

  78. Mary Gay McCormick

    hope my brother sees this

  79. Steve Vest

    After reading this, I really do not have words to express my sorrow for you. I just pray that God helps you deal with this. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss.

  80. praysgirl

    Beautiful song..Makes me cry, reminds me of my Daddy so much.

  81. fancifulfilly

    Thank you for sharing that lovely story. I cannot think of a more appropriate song for him to sing at your dad's memorial. So moving, although it tends to bring the tears up. It doesn't surprise me a bit that Rodney was so sweet and gracious; he is just that sort of person. :-)

  82. vonptrck

    Rodney has been so great throuhhout career, but I didn't realize that this one song would touch me so deeply. Thank you for putting down on paper what i feel in my heart. I love you mom.

  83. Mina Tre

    Beautiful song

  84. Katie DuKate

    I lost my best friend to a shooting and just heard this song I wish the writer to know he wrote my heart.....R.I.P Keithy Wilson

  85. Joe Smith

    The story of my Dad and me when I was young. Once I matured I found my best friend. Cant help but shed a tear.

  86. fancifulfilly

    Thanks so much for posting this. My heart breaks anew every time I hear it, thinking of my Dad who died last year, but this song is just remarkable. So, so beautiful. Many thanks to you , too Rodney. I second that, the poster who said he is a gift. Rodney HAS a gift, and he IS one, to music appreciators everywhere.

  87. D'Ascoyne

    "Now I don't have to hang my head over things I wish I'd said" Great line and something to think about before it's too late.

  88. desert3347

    How & Why does Rodney have such "Poetry", Beautiful words
    Inside of Him.
    What a Gift He is to Us.

  89. Safeni21

    One of the most beautiful songs ever written and sung så wonderful by Rodney.

  90. pattykake19

    Beautiful song. Good singing. Thank you.

  91. Rick Perkins

    my son was 24 when he took his life such a waste i miss him

  92. Randall Lockhart

    WOW!!! What a moving and beautiful performance.

  93. ollarik

    He's one of the greatest around today!

  94. chuck ware

    THANK YOU RODNEY. you never know when your life will end. a song like this makes you realize that. don"t take your life for granted,or other people around you.