The Day Before You

Album: Feels Like Today (2004)

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Matthew West, who at the time was a rising star in the world of Christian music, but far from established. West wrote the song for his wife as a wedding present. It's a very sweet song about how he was ready to give up on love, but then everything changed when she came along.

    West's publisher brought the song to Rascal Flatts' producer, who loved it and wanted the band to record it. This put West in a weird spot; he explained in our 2011 interview: "My wife, I thought maybe she wouldn't like some other guy singing this love song I wrote for her, but she told me I should let them do it because they're going to sell a bunch of records and I could buy her a couch or something. (Laughing) I was very grateful. They sold a lot of that record and it definitely helped me to provide for my family, because Christian music isn't a genre where you're going to make a whole lot of money. So sometimes it's nice to be able to pay the bills."

    West adds that he did buy the couch, since that's what his wife wanted.

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