What I Meant to Say

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"What I Meant to Say"
What I Meant to Say.jpg
Single by Wade Hayes
from the album Old Enough to Know Better
B-side "Kentucky Bluebird"
Released October 31, 1995[1]
Format CD single, 7"
Recorded 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:19
Label Columbia Nashville 78087
Writer(s) Don Cook, Sam Hogin, Jim McBride
Producer(s) Don Cook
Wade Hayes singles chronology
"Don't Stop"
"What I Meant to Say"
"On a Good Night"

"What I Meant to Say" is a song written by Sam Hogin, Jim McBride and Don Cook, and recorded by American country music artist Wade Hayes. It was released in October 1995 as the fourth and final single from Hayes' debut album Old Enough to Know Better. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and #15 on the Canadian RPM country singles chart. It even charted on the Billboard Hot 200, peaking at #116.


The narrator realizes that he hurt his lover when he said he could walk out on her and regrets it deeply. In the chorus he tells her that he really meant to apologize and to tell her that he loves her.

Critical reception[edit]

Larry Flick, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "slow and pretty ballad." He goes on to say the song proves that "as good as Hayes sounds on uptempo, this ballad is further proof that he can slow it way down and still deliver the goods with warmth and style."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Steven Goldmann and shot completely in sepia tone. It begins with Wade sitting alone in a bar. As he gets up and goes outside everything and everybody starts going backwards as he walks back to his house. When he gets there, his lover is waiting there, crying after their fight. When he hugs her, time goes back to normal and they go inside.

Chart performance[edit]

"What I Meant to Say" debuted at number sixty-nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of October 28, 1995.

Chart (1995-1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 15
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[4] 16
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 5


  1. ^ "Wade Hayes Discography". Cmt.com. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Billboard, October 28, 1995
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2848." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 8, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Wade Hayes – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Wade Hayes.
  5. ^ "Wade Hayes – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Wade Hayes.

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