Get Close with LeAnn Rimes: The Real Meaning Behind How Do I Live

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How Do I Live’ was written by Diane Warren for the movie ‘Con Air’. LeAnn Rimes was chosen to sing the song for the movie, but the producer, Jerry Bruckheimer gave it to Trisha Yearwood who didn't realize that LeAnn Rimes had already recorded the song and a music video for it.

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Diane Warren Was Confident

Despite not making that song into ‘Con Air’, Diane Warren knew that ‘How Do I Live’ by LeAnn Rimes would be a hit. According to Billboard, she told how she encouraged LeAnn Rimes' label to release the song too.

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‘How Do I Love’ So Potential

Diane Warren also told Rolling Stone about the potential of ‘How Do I Live’ sung by LeAnn Rimes. But, according to her state, she said that LeAnne Rimes and Bruckheimer were mad at her. Until it became the biggest hit and hitted people like them.

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Struggle Grammy 1998

Both of LeAnne Rimes' and Trisha Yearwood's ‘How Do I Live’ versions were listed at the 1998 Grammys in the same category. Despite of Trisha Yearwood winning the award, it was LeAnne Rimes who sang the track at the awards show.

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‘How Do I Live’ About

‘How Do I Live’ by LeAnn Rimes is about how love would take everything good from life if they left. In the song, she was clearly spelling it out for her love, letting people know that love is the only good thing she has, and losing them would make her life incomplete.

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Hypothetical Lyrics

If you listen to the song, ‘How Do I Live’ maybe it seems that LeAnn Rimes expresses how she lost a loved one and doesn't know what to do. No, it’s not. The lyrics are hypothetical. The song is about when she was still with them, but she fears the day they do leave.

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Look Deeper Into The Lyrics

The lyrics expressed that if LeAnn Rimes' love leaves, they would take everything real in her life. Her love is the most important person to her, shown in the lyrics, ‘You're my world, my heart, my soul and if you ever leave baby, you would take away everything good in my life

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Metaphorical Sense

LeAnn Rimes said in the second verse that her love lights up her life in a metaphorical sense. If she lost them, everything would feel gloomy. She also highlighted in the lyrics that her love is her whole world and she could not survive on her own.

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Hidden Meaning

Not only about the live with love, the song also talked about the fear of a breakup and a loved one passing away, it shows in the repetition of the pet name ‘baby’ alludes to a romantic relationship between LeAnn Rimes and her muse.

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Listeners’ Reaction

In the comments on the official music video, many listeners of the songs shared that like Sinéad O'Connor's hit song, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, ‘How Do I Live’ also reminds them of a loved one they lost and can be interpreted in many ways.

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Not only because ‘How Do I Live’ by LeAnne Rimes so much played at weddings, funerals, and almost in every essential life-altering moment, the heartfelt lyrics and the right voice that soulfully delivers the message made this song stay on the Hot 100 chart for 69 weeks.

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