Until My Voice Goes Out

Album: Until My Voice Goes Out (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • This song about Josh Abbott's aspirations for his future is the title track of his band's fifth album. Until the singer's late father went into the hospital following a stroke, Until My Voice Goes Out was going to be named after a different song on the project, called "The Night Is Ours." As the frontman stayed with his family in the hospital, he knew he had to make the change.

    "Sometimes things just work the way they're supposed to work," the singer told Taste of Country. "I didn't write that song for my dad, but in a way, maybe without me knowing, I did. It fits my life now, and in his absence, I couldn't be more grateful for that song and that album title."
  • This was the last song David Abbott heard before his death in March. His son had just cut the vocals in Austin, Texas, and upon returning to Lubbock, he played them for his father. "My voice was tired, I wasn't sleeping in the hospital, I was probably dehydrated," Abbott recalled to The Boot - but, he told his producer that he had finish recording the album that night." And when Abbott went back to the hospital to say goodbye to his father, he played him the title track, "and he smiled."
  • The song's aspirational message took on a different meaning after Abbott lost his father.

    "The whole point of that song is to live life to the fullest while you can - to do whatever it is your passionate about... whatever it is you love to do in life," the frontman said, "and I think there's obviously a literal sense about that and then there's a metaphorical sense about that I feel like right now would probably be the happiest time in my life - and it still is... but it's like, 'I wonder how much happier I'd be if I didn't have this gaping hole.'"

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