What Hurts the Most
Rascal Flatts Lyrics


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I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don't bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let 'em out
I'm not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though goin' on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I'm okay
But that's not what gets me
What hurts the most was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do

It's hard to deal with the pain of losin' you everywhere I go
But I'm doing it
It's hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I'm alone
Still harder gettin' up, gettin' dressed, livin' with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do, oh

What hurts the most was being so close
And havin' so much to say
And watchin' you walk away
And never knowin' what could've been
And not seein' that lovin' you
Is what I was trying to do





(Not seeing that lovin' you)
That's what I was trying to do, ooh

Overall Meaning

In Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most," the singer is struggling to cope with the aftermath of a breakup. They are able to handle the physical aspects of being alone, such as the sound of rain on an empty house or the occasional bout of tears, but it's the emotional pain that weighs on them. They can't help but think about all the things they could have said or done differently, and the fact that the person they loved walked away without fully knowing how they felt. The regret and sadness manifests in their every day life, making it difficult to interact with mutual friends or even get dressed and start their day.


The repetition of the lines "what hurts the most was being so close, and having so much to say, and watching you walk away, and never knowing what could have been" emphasizes the singer's pain and longing. The sentiment of the song is one that many people can relate to, especially those who have experienced the end of a significant relationship. The line "not seeing that loving you is what I was trying to do" adds an extra layer of sadness, as the singer realizes too late what they could have had.


Line by Line Meaning

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house That don't bother me
I can handle loneliness and external discomfort, but what really hurts me is the loss of love.


I can take a few tears now and then and just let 'em out I'm not afraid to cry every once in a while
I am capable of expressing my emotions and allowing myself to feel sad.


Even though goin' on with you gone still upsets me There are days every now and again I pretend I'm okay But that's not what gets me
I try to keep moving forward despite your absence, but what really hurts me is the missed opportunity between us.


What hurts the most was being so close And havin' so much to say And watchin' you walk away And never knowin' what could've been And not seein' that lovin' you Is what I was trying to do
The pain that lingers is the knowledge that we were so close to love and yet I let you walk away without expressing my true emotions - the very emotions I was trying to show you all along.


It's hard to deal with the pain of losin' you everywhere I go But I'm doing it
I struggle with the grief of losing you in every aspect of my life, but I'm still trying to cope and move on.


It's hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I'm alone Still harder gettin' up, gettin' dressed, livin' with this regret
I put on a brave face in front of our friends, but it's even harder to live with the regret and pain of not telling you how I felt.


But I know if I could do it over I would trade, give away all the words that I saved in my heart That I left unspoken
If I had the chance to relive those moments, I would willingly give up all the unspoken words I kept inside and tell you how much I loved you.


(Not seeing that lovin' you) That's what I was trying to do, ooh
It's only now in hindsight that I realize I was trying to love you, but the opportunity slipped away and the regret still lingers.




Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, 3 RING CIRCUS MUSIC LLC, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jeffrey Steele, Stephen Paul Robson

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@helvitangi8199

I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m OK
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ It
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken

What hurts the most
Is being so close
And having so much to say (much to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do, oh.

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say (to say)
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was trying to do

Not seeing that loving you
That’s what I was trying to do



All comments from YouTube:

@albertbabos4079

They played this at my best friend's funeral. He was 45 and fought like heck till the end. The nicest, hardest working, family man you'll ever meet. Miss you David.

@kenziecrane6541

Rest in Peace David ❤

@seifburch3140

Lost my girlfriend couple days before homecoming. I remember walking on the field for my football game. I swear i saw her in the stands cheering me on. I listened to this before going into the homecoming dance. I know she was with me the whole night because i felt it.

@biancamoore413

Yes, she was. Yes she was. I am so sorry for your loss.🙏🏽

@Juan_Sanchez-Vililobos_Ramirez

I remember listening to this song one rainy evening over t.v. dinners with my wife during a rough financial patch when it had just come out. Being brought to tears by it and the thought of her and I no longer being together. Looking at her and saying "i don't ever want that to be us...". We were so close, once. It's July, 2019, she's been gone since June, 2014. I watched her drive away to spend the summer with her family, nearly 1000 miles away, knowing deep down that was the last time I'd see her. She'd been openly cheating on me for about a year at that point. For the first 3 years after, every time one of my kids played this song around the house or someone drove by with it on their radio, I'd break down. She just announced her engagement to another man, last week. The memory still lingers, the wound still aches and my heart is still broken. She was my 80s girl. The love of my life, my "mountain top" experience and still is, in spite of everything. No one compares to the person she used to be, and she stopped being that person years ago.

@BrianCarnevaleB26

2003 It was the last full year I spent in Florida as I returned North. Reminds me of all of the Godwins and that fried fish & chicken get-togethers they had.

we didn't have to try back then, it just came naturally.

@arod31085

Your not alone brother

@essmicalderon7685

I’m so sorry

@swedhgemoni8092

I deeply regret you went through this. Some meetings in life are just destined to end tragically...I'm sorry.

@CakeLover1

I hate that for you

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