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Thursday May 12, 2011

From The Gainesville Times

Mattea puts her life into her music:
Country star’s songs reflect her own family’s past, emotions
By: Tasha Biggers

It’s hard to listen to “Where’ve You Been,” the 1989 hit by country singer Kathy Mattea, without shedding a tear.

The song details the relationship between a man and a woman through courtship and marriage, then to the hospital where both are being treated in old age.

When the couple passes each other in the hall, the woman, affected by Alzheimer’s disease, asks her husband of decades, “Where’ve you been? I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”

It is, perhaps, one of the saddest country songs ever written. And no one was more affected by the song’s tender words than Mattea herself, since the song was co-written by her husband.

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