What I Really Meant to Say

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"What I Really Meant to Say"
Single by Cyndi Thomson
from the album My World
Released March 26, 2001
Genre Country
Length 3:20
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Cyndi Thomson
Tommy Lee James
Chris Waters
Producer(s) Tommy Lee James
Paul Worley
Cyndi Thomson singles chronology
"What I Really Meant to Say"
"I Always Liked That Best"

"What I Really Meant to Say" is a debut song written by Cyndi Thomson, Tommy Lee James and Chris Waters. It was released in March 2001 as Thomson's debut single, as well as the lead-off single from her debut album My World. The song reached the top of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Thomson her only Number One single on that chart. It also made her the third country music artist that year to reach Number One with a debut single.[1]


The song is a mid-tempo mostly accompanied by acoustic guitar and mandolin, with cello and penny whistle runs. The narrator is a female who runs into a former lover, and he asks her how she is. She tells him that she is "just fine", and then tells him that she really meant to say that she was still in love with him.

In the second verse, the male lover walks away from the female, and she is hurt. She tries to fight back tears, as she watches her lover.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brent Hedgecock and premiered in early 2001.


Thom Jurek of Allmusic gave the song a favorable review.[2] He stated that "the single is clearly meant to put the album in hands and minds of country music radio station programmers.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"What I Really Meant to Say" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 31, 2001. This song also was part of the Billboard's top 100 country songs of the 2000s, coming in at number 87.

Chart (2001) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 26

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 10


  1. ^ "Singles Minded". Billboard: 81. 22 September 2001. 
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Cyndi Thomson - My World Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  3. ^ "Cyndi Thomson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Cyndi Thomson.
  4. ^ "Cyndi Thomson – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Cyndi Thomson.
  5. ^ "Best of 2001: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2001. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 

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Preceded by
"I'm Just Talkin' About Tonight"
by Toby Keith
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

September 22-October 6, 2001
Succeeded by
"Where I Come From"
by Alan Jackson