You're Gonna Miss This

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"You're Gonna Miss This"
Single by Trace Adkins
from the album American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II
Released January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Ashley Gorley, Lee Thomas Miller
Producer(s) Frank Rogers
Trace Adkins singles chronology
"I Got My Game On"
"You're Gonna Miss This"
"Muddy Water"

"You're Gonna Miss This" is a song written by Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller, and recorded by American country music artist Trace Adkins. It was released in January 2008 as the second single from his album American Man: Greatest Hits Volume II. Adkins's fastest-climbing single to date,[1] it is his third Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. It also peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #19 on the Pop 100 charts.


"You're Gonna Miss This" is a ballad composed of three verses and a bridge, each section portraying an event in the life of an unnamed female character: being driven to school by her mother in the first verse, being visited at her apartment by her father in the second verse, and conversing with a plumber while her kids are misbehaving and making noise in the third verse. In all three of the situations, the song's other characters (the parents and the plumber) assure the central character that although she may not realize it, she will miss the various moments of her life.[2]

Ashley Gorley, one of the song's writers, came up with the central idea for "You're Gonna Miss This" one day while a repairman was working on his house. His two children (ages two and four at the time; he has since had a third) were running around the house and stealing the repairman's tools; after Gorley apologized, the repairman replied, "Don't worry about it — I've got two babies, too."[3] Gorley, after determining that the incident with the repairman might work as a song idea, recalled it to Lee Thomas Miller, who then suggested the title "You're Gonna Miss This." The two then worked backward from the bridge, changing the song's scenario several times until they finally settled on having the song focus on a female central character.

Adkins then decided to record it after hearing it; being the father of five daughters, its message resonated with him.[3] Upon hearing Adkins's recording of the song, Gorley felt that Adkins had "made it something more than it was".[3]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was filmed in Adkins's hometown of Sarepta, Louisiana[2] and contains a variety of Americana scenes framed around the singer traveling about in a pickup truck.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 12
US Billboard Pop 100 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Hot 100 (Billboard)[7] 93
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 7
Preceded by
"Small Town Southern Man"
by Alan Jackson
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

April 12-April 26, 2008
Succeeded by
"I Saw God Today"
by George Strait


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Trace Adkins brings "The Boardroom" to Nashville". That's Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Jana (2008-03-03). "Sarepta plays host to Trace Adkins video". NWLA News. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Horner, Alanna (2008-05-19). "Story Behind the Song". Country Weekly. 15 (10): 14. 
  4. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Trace Adkins.
  5. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Trace Adkins.
  6. ^ "Trace Adkins – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Trace Adkins.
  7. ^ "Best of 2008: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Trace Adkins – You%27re Gonna Miss This". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 7, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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