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Last Day of My Life

"Last Day of My Life" is a single by country music singer-songwriter Phil Vassar. Released in 2006, it was the first single released from his CD Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, and Vassar's twelfth chart single overall. The song reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts; in addition, it reached the top of the former Radio & Records country singles charts.

Content

"Last Day of My Life" is a ballad in which the narrator realizes that he is not spending enough time with his family and friends; he comes to this realization after attending a friend's funeral. (Vassar was inspired to write the song after attending the funeral of his friend Robert Byrne, who co-wrote Vassar's 2001 single "Rose Bouquet".) In the chorus, the singer vows to show more affection towards his wife, and love her like "it's the last day of [his] life".

After being asked whether the song was meant to be a life lesson, or a ballad about love-making, Vassar replied:

It's both... it's a lesson before you make out. No, I think what it is, you know, is for me personally... when life is over, it's over man. And you just kinda go, "Whoa, wait a minute. I need to re-think this thing." So you put it on such a personal level...and you think, "Man, what am I doing? I work all the time doing all this stuff that maybe is just trivial and maybe I need to spend more time with you." So that's what it is. It is a love song.

Music video

A music video for the song debuted on CMT (Country Music Television) and GAC (Great American Country), the two major country music television networks, on April 1, 2006. Directed by Ronan White, it featured Vassar performing behind a greenscreen onto which animation was projected.

Chart performance

Chart (2006) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 47
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 75
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 72

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