What Hurts The Most: Rascal Flatts, Cascada, Aaron Lewis


Jeffrey Steele wrote one of the greatest songs of the last decade, “What Hurts The Most”. If you’ve gone through a recent break-up or death to someone you love,  you will truly feel the impact of the emotions behind these lyrics. You understand the pain of being so close to something amazing and losing it, only to be reminded on a continual basis of “what might have been”.  It was first recorded by country artist, Mark Wills, but went to #1 with Rascal Flatts. After watching Aaron Lewis do an intense cover of this song Sunday night, I wanted to mix things up and run a trio of versions of the epic song.  First up is Cascada’s dance remix. She did a candlelight slow version which ups the intensity but I really enjoy this faster version. The scene at the tattoo parlor and the makeup running down her eyes visually captures the heartbreak message.


UPDATE CONCERT REVIEW: The Clearwater Aaron Lewis concert was incredible. The crowd was definitely expecting many more Staind songs (only an intense version of “It’s Been Awhile” and a haunting acoustic version of “Outside” were played). But despite reservations, Aaron Lewis and country music really work well together. His backing band was excellent, big props to the drummer for his subtle yet powerful style. Aaron featured many new songs from “The Road” but the highlight was “Lessons Learned” featuring only the steel guitar player and Aaron on acoustic guitar. The encore of “Country Boy” opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and a combination of the song’s patriotic tone and Southern rock rebel attitude was pure perfection. The first song to get the crowd on their feet was a cover of Rascal Flatts heartbreaker, “What Hurts The Most”. Putting a little extra rock guitar and the chilling vocals of Aaron Lewis to such a great song made for a jaw dropping concert moment.



I can take the rain on the roof of this empty house
That don’t bother me
I can take a few tears now and then and just let them out
I’m not afraid to cry every once in a while
Even though going on with you gone still upsets me
There are days every now and again I pretend I’m ok
But that’s not what gets me

What hurts the most
Was being so close
And having so much to say
And watching you walk away
And never knowing
What could have been
And not seeing that loving you
Is what I was tryin’ to do

It’s hard to deal with the pain of losing you everywhere I go
But I’m doin’ It
It’s hard to force that smile when I see our old friends and I’m alone
Still Harder
Getting up, getting dressed, livin’ with this regret
But I know if I could do it over
I would trade give away all the words that I saved in my heart
That I left unspoken