What Might Have Been

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"What Might Have Been"
Single by Little Texas
from the album Big Time
B-side"Stop on a Dime"[1]
ReleasedMay 17, 1993
FormatCD single, 7"
Recorded1992
GenreCountry
Length3:58
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville 18516
Writer(s)Dwayne O'Brien
Porter Howell
Brady Seals[2]
ProducerJames Stroud, Christy Dinapoli, Doug Grau[2]
Little Texas singles chronology
"I'd Rather Miss You"
(1993)
"What Might Have Been"
(1993)
"God Blessed Texas"
(1993)
 
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"What Might Have Been"
Single by Little Texas
from the album Big Time
B-side"Stop on a Dime"[1]
ReleasedMay 17, 1993
FormatCD single, 7"
Recorded1992
GenreCountry
Length3:58
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville 18516
Writer(s)Dwayne O'Brien
Porter Howell
Brady Seals[2]
ProducerJames Stroud, Christy Dinapoli, Doug Grau[2]
Little Texas singles chronology
"I'd Rather Miss You"
(1993)
"What Might Have Been"
(1993)
"God Blessed Texas"
(1993)

"What Might Have Been" is the title of a song recorded by country music group Little Texas. It was released in May 1993 as the lead-off single from their second album, Big Time. It was co-written by the band's lead guitarist Porter Howell, rhythm guitarist Dwayne O'Brien, and keyboardist and vocalist Brady Seals. The song reached #2 on the Billboards Hot Country Songs chart and #11 on the Canadian RPM country Tracks chart in 1993. It is one of their best known songs, peaking at #16 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

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Content

In this song, the narrator tells himself or his former lover that he can't change the past and that there's no way to know what their relationship could have become. The exact circumstances are left open-ended.

Music video

Two music videos, both directed by Jack Cole, were filmed for the song. The first version, which was never released, is filmed completely in sepia tone. The video focuses around World War II and shows a couple dancing just before the man has to go off to war. Old stock footage from the war is shown also.

The second version features the same footage as the first version, but is mixed in with some added scenes (filmed in color) where a man named Michael brings his son, Tommy, to visit Michael's grandfather, Nathan, who lives in a nursing home. After arriving, Tommy shows his great-grandfather a photograph he had found of Nathan with a woman he met during World War II, named Clarice. Throughout the visit, Nathan shares various stories with Michael about Clarice, along with the fact that they had lost touch after the war ended. After Michael and Tommy leave, Nathan walks about the nursing home hallways when he passes an elderly woman. He suddenly stops and turns around to see if the woman looks familiar - it turns out to be his long, lost love, Clarice. As they reunite, the video flashes back to the younger Clarice and Nathan sharing a kiss. This version is best known and has been seen on CMT, TNN and GAC, as well as CMT's sister channel, Pure Country.[3]

Chart performance

"What Might Have Been" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 29, 1993.

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4]76
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks[4]2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[4]16

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 242. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b (CD) First Time for Everything (CD). Warner Bros. Records. 1992. 123549. 
  3. ^ "What Might Have Been" music video at CMT.com
  4. ^ a b c "Little Texas - What Might Have Been (Billboard chart history)". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/song/little-texas/what-might-have-been/463046. Retrieved August 18, 2010.