Lori McKenna — “If He Tried” Lyrics


(“If He Tried” is from Lori McKenna’s album Lorraine. Additional Lori McKenna lyrics can be found here.)

If He Tried

It’s finally breaking me down.
To my credit, I feel like I held on as long as I could.
I feel like I recognize myself now;
I’d teach my heart to lie if I thought that it would.

I don’t need the whole world to think I’m special,
I don’t need him to hang the stars in the sky,
Pay for all my sins or save me from drowning,
But wouldn’t it be nice
If he tried.

It’s finally tearing me apart;
An impossible mending you can’t see from the outside
And no one knows where all the pieces are.
“Do you love me?” I say. “Sure,” he replies.

I don’t need the whole world to think I’m special,
I don’t need him to hang the stars in the sky,
Pay for all my sins or save me from drowning,
But wouldn’t it be nice
But wouldn’t it be nice
If his eyes would light up when he spoke my name,
If he’d run to catch me in his arms at the end of the day.

I don’t need the whole world to think I’m special,
I don’t need him to pull the stars from the sky
Just to string up my name in tiny sparkling lights,
But wouldn’t it be nice
But wouldn’t it be nice
If he tried.

2 Responses

  1. Heard Lori play this tonight. I got a SHITTY recording of it, do you have a better one? What a lovely, lovely tune. I don’t see it released anywhere.

  2. She’s currently playing it on her Web site; you can hear it there.

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