“If I Die Young” is a song written by Kimberly Perry, and recorded by American country music group The Band Perry. It was released in June 2010 as the second single from the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released on October 12, 2010.
“If I Die Young” is a mid-tempo tune accompanied by acoustic guitar, banjo, accordion, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, and drums. It is in the key of E Major. The song is about the sadness of dying young (“The sharp knife of a short life”) as the narrator describes how she never really got to experience love and worrying about how her loved ones will miss her and deal with the loss. She recognizes that once someone passes away, others seem to pay more attention to that person’s life: “And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’ / Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’.” She states that if she dies young, then her family left behind should “save their tears” for a time when “they’re really gonna need them.” She states that she has had a well-lived life in the line “Well, I’ve had just enough time.”