My second ever contest win. Wrote this back in the late '90s. My cousin's wife was dying, and there was just something in his eyes that I couldn't explain. A sort of hollowness. This song is written from a woman's perspective (because I wrote it for a female to sing) whose husband is dying in front of her eyes, and the emotions are ripping her apart. Though, it's every bit as much about the sorrow she feels for him being without her, and life in general, as much as her being without him. The second part of the second chorus really explodes as a powerhouse vocalization of pain and angst. I rarely toot my own horn, but singing this back, I can see why it won a contest. It's quite the powerful song, yet simplistic in language and composition. I've always imagined a single piano, maybe an acoustic six string to start, with violins coming in on the 2nd part of the first verse, and full-on band for the chorus.