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 13, 1993[2]
FormatCD single, 7"
Recorded1992
GenreCountry
Length3:58
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville 18516
Writer(s)Dwayne O'Brien
Porter Howell
Brady Seals[3]
Producer(s)James Stroud, Christy Dinapoli, Doug Grau[3]
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 13, 1993[2]
FormatCD single, 7"
Recorded1992
GenreCountry
Length3:58
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville 18516
Writer(s)Dwayne O'Brien
Porter Howell
Brady Seals[3]
Producer(s)James Stroud, Christy Dinapoli, Doug Grau[3]
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 American country music group Little Texas. It was released in May 1993 as the lead-off single from their second album, Big Time. It was 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.

Content[edit]

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[edit]

The music video, was directed by Jack Cole, were filmed for the song. The first version, filmed entirely in sepia tone, 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 a man named Michael, who 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 all contact with each other 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 has been played on CMT, TNN and GAC, as well as CMT's sister channel, Pure Country.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"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
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5]11
US Billboard Hot 100[6]74
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7]16
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8]2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993)Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[9]23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 242. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/little_texas/614343/album.jhtml
  3. ^ a b First Time for Everything (CD). Little Texas. Warner Bros. Records. 1992. 123549. 
  4. ^ "What Might Have Been" music video at CMT.com
  5. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. September 18, 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Little Texas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Little Texas.
  7. ^ "Little Texas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Little Texas.
  8. ^ "Little Texas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Little Texas.
  9. ^ "Best of 1993: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1993. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 

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