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6 Years Ago: The Band Perry Hit No. 1 With ‘If I Die Young’

The Band Perry If I Die Young single cover
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Six years ago today (Dec. 13, 2010) was an unforgettable day for the Band Perry: It was on that date that the sibling trio, made up of Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry, landed at the top of the charts with their single “If I Die Young.”

“If I Die Young,” which was the second single from TBP’s eponymous freshman album, was written by Kimberly Perry. Although it includes tragic lines such as, “If I die young, bury me in satin / Lay me down on a bed of roses / Sink me in the river at dawn / Send me away with the words of a love song / The sharp knife of a short life / I’ve had just enough time,” the song was actually written in response to the gratitude that the Band Perry felt for all of their blessings.

“We really have gotten to live and love at our young ages,” Kimberly Perry tells The Boot. “”If I Die Young,” for us, is about, if it all ends at this moment, look at what we’ve gotten to do. Whatever time we’re given will be absolutely enough, as long as we make the most of it.”

“If I Die Young” also hit No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, landed at No. 4 on the Adult Top 40 chart, earned the No. 12 spot on the Mainstream Top 40 and hit No. 14 on the Hot 100 chart. It earned the threesome a Grammy nomination and helped them win an ACM Award and a CMA Award for New Artist of the Year, as well as a CMA Award for Song of the Year.

To date, “If I Die Young” has sold more than 6 million copies. It is available for download on iTunes.

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