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Tim McGraw’s song of inspiration hits home now more than ever before YouTube

Tim McGraw has a knack for finding life changing songs.

You could point to a number of Tim’s songs over the years, but 2004’s “Live Like You Were Dying” really set a high water mark for the superstar. Quite possibly the most inspiring song in country music history, “Live Like You Were Dying” was more than a Tim McGraw song, it was a movement that lit up people all over the world to take advantage of every waking moment.

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Written by noted Nashville hitmaker Craig Wiseman, along with Tim Nichols, the song found Tim at a very vulnerable time in his life as his father, Tug, was battling brain cancer. The elder McGraw had been given just three weeks to live when he was originally diagnosed in March of 2003, but surprisingly lived nine months, ultimately passing away in January of 2004.

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The video was released to CMT on June 15, 2004, and while it includes a variety of inspiring images, it ends with a clip of the late Tug McGraw pitching the final strike of the 1980 World Series, clinching the championship for McGraw’s Philadelphia Phillies. In addition to being Tim’s Dad, that final strike is one of the most iconic moments in World Series history.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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