It's a Little Too Late (Mark Chesnutt song)

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"It's a Little Too Late"
Mark chesnutt single.jpg
Single by Mark Chesnutt
from the album Greatest Hits
B-side"The King of Broken Hearts"[1]
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1996
FormatCD single
LabelDecca Nashville
Songwriter(s)Mark Chesnutt, Roger Springer, Slugger Morrissette
Producer(s)Tony Brown
Mark Chesnutt singles chronology
"Wrong Place, Wrong Time"
"It's a Little Too Late"
"Let It Rain"

"It's a Little Too Late" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Mark Chesnutt. It was released in September 1996 as the lead single from his Greatest Hits album. The song reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 5 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The song was written by Chesnutt, Roger Springer and Slugger Morrissette.


The song describes a narrator whose woman had recently walked out on him, wanting him to be a better man. The narrator keeps stating in his mind that he should have done something for the woman: "I should've done this and I should've done that / I should've been there then she'd have never left / I should've been hangin' on to every word she ever had to say / But it's a little too late, she's a little too gone / She's a little too right, I'm a little too wrong / Now would be a good time to change / But it's a little too late."

In the second verse, the narrator states coming home late, and that his lover was not mad at him and thought she realized not worrying about him. The next morning, the narrator then finds her gone.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the song "demonstrates that he can deliver the driving tempo records country radio seems to favor these days without sacrificing any of the traditional country flavor of the music."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Richard Murray. It starts out with a moving van pulling into the driveway of a house. Two men then hop out of the truck, and then we see a man watching another man fishing on TV. A woman then bangs a pair of cymbals against each other, starting the song, then walks away. Shortly after we see the two men moving a sofa into the house, Mark starts singing and playing guitar. The woman is then trying to interrupt the narrator from watching his TV show. The movers then start confiscating everything out of the house, including the sofa that the narrator was sitting on, and the TV. The woman then gives her husband a fish and a rod, and he enjoys it, then goes to thank the movers for everything. After the moving van leaves, it starts to rain on the narrator.

Chart performance[edit]

This song was Chesnutt's seventh Billboard Number One country single. It entered the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at number 63 on the chart dated October 5, 1996, and climbed to Number One in its eighteenth chart week on the chart dated February 8, 1997, where it held the top spot for two weeks.

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 5
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 92
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 53


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 92–93. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Billboard, September 28, 1996
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9798." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. February 3, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mark Chesnutt Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.

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