In 1994, John Michael Montgomery was at the height of his career with hits like “Life’s a Dance” and “I Swear.” But, in the midst of his success, he was hit with a personal tragedy when his father passed away.
After the loss of his father, Montgomery felt a lot of pressure to write a song to honor him, but the timing wasn’t right until two years later when he co-wrote “I Miss You A Little” for his fourth studio album, What I Do Best.
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“I was able to sit down after a couple of years of thinking and wondering and accepting the fact that my father — the person who was probably the most special person in my life growing up, along with my mom — all of a sudden he’s taken away from me,” Montgomery said in a 1997 interview.
“I had a lot of people on me because they couldn’t believe I didn’t write a song and put it on my self-titled album. But it was just too soon. There were too many mixed emotions that I had to finally put in one place and deal with. And you know, that’s how (`I Miss You A Little’) came about. I found myself mad, hurt. Anybody who’s ever lost a parent, you go through all kinds of questions in your mind.
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But the bottom line was I just really missed having him around…. And that’s what this song was about.”
“I Miss You A Little” failed to top the charts, but remains one of John Michael Montgomery’s most beloved songs as it speaks to anyone who has ever lost someone they loved.
Watch the official video for “I Miss You A Little” below.
I Miss You A LittleJohn Michael Montgomery, Mike Anthony, Richard William Fagan
Sometimes a song can touch a nerveThat takes me back to youWhen I pick up my old guitarAnd I play your favorite tune
Every now and then, some little thingI’ve buried comes bubblin’ upAnd once in a while, you feel close enough to touch
I miss you a little since you’ve been goneA few little memories keep hangin’ onI miss you a little, I guess you could sayA little too much, a little too oftenA little more every day
When I go by our old houseI pretend that you’re still thereWaitin’ for me on the porchBut there’s just an empty chair
Wish I could see you just one more timeBefore I drive awaySo I could stop and go inside, and say
I miss you a little since you’ve been goneA few little memories keep hangin’ onI miss you a little, I guess you could sayA little too much, a little too often
A little more every dayA little too much, a little too oftenA little more every day