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Top 25 Sad Country Songs

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15. "God's Will" - Martina McBride

Martina McBride - Martina
RCA Nashville

About the song:

This song tells the story of a young boy that wears braces on his legs. He may have problems with mobility, but no problem at all with his big heart, and caring for everyone else. Towards the end of the song, we're told that they don't expect him to live, but it's left open as to whether he makes it when they move to California or not.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"And I never got to tell her, that the boy showed me the truth. In crayon red, on notebook paper, he'd written 'Me and God love you.'"

 

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14. "Love, Me" - Collin Raye

Collin Raye - All I Can Be
Epic

About the song:

A young boy finds out that his grandmother's father didn't like her grandfather, and tried to keep them apart. The couple had planned to run away and get married, but instead of finding his grandmother waiting, he found a note telling him not to give up on her.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"If you get there before I do, don't give up on me. I'll meet you when my chores are through; I don't know how long I'll be. But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see. And between now and then, till I see you again, I'll be loving you. Love, me."

 

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13. "Paint Me a Birmingham" - Tracy Lawrence

Strong - Tracy Lawrence
Dreamworks

About the song:

A man encounters a painter, and asks if he only paints ocean scenes. The man says for $20.00, he can paint anything. He asks him to paint a picture of the plans he had with his lost love.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"Could you Paint Me A Birmingham? Make it look just the way I planned. A little house on the edge of town. Porch goin’ all the way around. Put her there in the front yard swing. Cotton dress make it, early spring. For a while she’ll be, mine again, if you can Paint Me A Birmingham."

 

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12. "Wish You Were Here" - Mark Wills

Mark Wills - Wish You Were Here
Mercury Nashville

About the song:

A man takes a plane trip, and tells his wife he'll talk to her that night. But instead, she receives a call saying the plane went down, no survivors. She receives a postcard that says 'Heaven' on it, and his words, that he wished she was there.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"Wish you were here, wish you could see this place. Wish you were near, I wish I could touch your face. The weather's nice, it's paradise, it's summertime all year, and there's some folks we know, They say, 'Hello, I miss you so, wish you were here.'"

 

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11. "A Picture of Me (Without You)" - George Jones

George Jones - Essential George Jones
Legacy

About the song:

The man in this song is just devastated to be without his lady. He compares his world to a garden where nothing is growing, and a river where nothing is flowing.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"Imagine a world where no music was playing. And think of a church with nobody praying. Have you ever looked up at a sky with no blue? Then you've seen a picture of me without you."

 

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10. "Just a Dream" - Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride
Arista Nashville / Sony BMG

About the song:

The story of this song is about a young couple who marry just before the husband has to go off to war. They have lots of plans for their life together, but none of it comes to be as the husband is killed in the war. So very sad, and an incredible video to go with the song.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"Baby, why'd you leave me, why'd you have to go? I was counting on forever, now I'll never know. I cant even breathe."

 

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9. "Whiskey Lullaby" - Brad Paisley (with Alison Krauss)

Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley
Arista Nashville

About the song:

A tale of alcoholism, adultry, and death. The woman cheats on her husband, and he catches them, and leaves her. He drinks himself to death, and then, her guilt causes her to do the same.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger, and finally drank away her memory. Life is short but this time it was bigger than the strength he had to get up off his knees."

 

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8. "Where've You Been" - Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea - Willow in the Wind
Island Def Jam

About the song:

Claire finds the man of her dreams in Edwin. They marry and she becomes a salesman's wife. When he's gone, she isn't the same. In the end, they're in the hospital on separate floors, and she no longer remembers anyone until they wheel him in, and she again asks him "Where've you been? I'm not myself when you're away."

 

Lyrics Explain:

"Where've you been I've looked for you forever and a day. Where've you been I'm just not myself when you're away."

 

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7. "If You're Reading This" - Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw - Let It Go
Curb Records

About the song:

This song is based on a letter a soldier going off to war writes which will be sent to his family if he doesn't come back. In it he tells her how much he wishes he could give her one more kiss, and he's sorry he won't get to see their little girl. This is something so many can relate to right now.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"If you're reading this half way around the world. I won't be there to see the birth of our little girl."

 

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6. "Alyssa Lies" - Jason Michael Carroll

Jason Michael Carroll - Waitin' in the Country
Sony BMG / Arista Nashville

About the song:

In this song, a little girl tells her father about her schoolmate who lies at school. It turns out the young girl is a victim of abuse, and hides her bruises from her classmates and teachers. Like in Martina McBride's song "Concrete Angel," it's too late to save the girl.

 

Lyrics Explain:

"She doesn't lie in the classroom. She doesn't lie anymore at school. Alyssa lies with Jesus. Because there's nothing anyone would do."

 

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