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The Band Perry – If I Die Young lyrics
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It's a story (most likely fictional) about a young girl who had died. Because she was so young, she didn't get to live a full life and it makes it more upsetting, which brings the line "the sharp knife of short life" and the line "gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket. Save them for a time when you're really gonna need them" means don't cry for me. And obviously it's religious so when she says "save them for a time when you're really gonna need them" she's means save them for when you see me again in heaven. And how she's always gonna watch over them until that time comes. And she also is basically writing out her will, telling her family how she wants her body handled when the bury her.
The first time I heard this song I hated it because it hit so close to home for me. A friend of mine passed away last summer and the words were just haunting. But now I've grown to really like the song, and I really don't think it's a negative song at all. I think it basically says, I've done all I've wanted/needed to do and if it's my time to go, don't feel bad for me because I have no regrets. It's so beautiful.
This song really has touched my heart because I gave birth to my son on oct 3 2010 and he passed away. This is the hardest thing that I have ever been through in my life. When I heard this song all I could do is cry because it really hit home. Now this is song is the only thing that I want to hear. When I played this song for my husband and children there was not a dry eye in my house so this sure is one song that we will always remember him by.
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UnregisteredJun 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm
I think people take the "sharp knife of a short life" line too literally. That does not mean it is about a suicide. It's a metaphor of dying young. Its very sudden and painful for the family. If someone dies older, at least they've had a full life. If a young person dies, its so sad because you never get to see them get married, have kids, chase their dreams, etc.
My sister and her only child, my niece died on the 4th of July in a car accident & we heard this song & had it played during the funeral. It was somber but so much like them. They were fun, crazy and spontaneous and it was the perfect song for them. Every time I hear it I just let my tears wash away the pain and my soul heals a little more knowing that they entered the pearly gates together-hand in hand. They were that close and never would have wanted to be separated. Ever.
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