"Live Like You Were Dying
" is a song by American country music
artist Tim McGraw
which appears on his Live Like You Were Dying
album. It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard
country music charts, and held that position for a total of seven weeks. In addition, it was named as the Number One country song of 2004 by Billboard
"Live Like You Were Dying" tells the story of a man in his early forties, with an unspecified, life-threatening disease. Upon realizing that he does not have much time left to live, the man decides to engage in certain activities that he has always wanted to do, such as skydiving
, mountain climbing
, and bull riding
. He also decides to improve his standing with other people, including his wife. Also, the man starts to read the Bible, and forgives everyone against whom he previously held grudges.
This song is associated with McGraw's father, Tug McGraw, who was hospitalized with a brain tumor on March 12, 2003. It was revealed that he had cancer. He was given three weeks to live by the doctors, but survived nine months. He died on January 5, 2004.
The end of the music video shows the clip where the elder McGraw pitched the final strike for the 1980 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, which was their only World Series victory in team history.
| Chart (2004-2005)
| U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs
| U.S. Billboard Hot 100
| U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay
| U.S. Billboard Pop 100
| U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs
| U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
| U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks
| U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream
| Canadian Country Singles Chart