Country singer Cole Swindell is celebrating the anniversary of his music video “You Should Be Here,” which dropped five years ago today. Even though it’s been half a decade since the release, the song’s emotional still hits us just as hard.
“5 years ago today we released this video. It is so special to me and I know it hits home for many of you. Thanks for sharing your YSBH stories with me through the years. This one will always be my favorite thanks to Michael Monaco & @FlyHiFilms”
Cole Swindell Transforms Grief into Gold with “You Should Be Here”
When Swindell’s father passed away in 2013, the country star used his grief for artistic expression and wrote the song about his father two years later.
In 2015, Swindell released a highly emotional music video to accompany the gut-wrenching song.
Right off the bat, Swindell kicks his fans in the gut when he starts the video with a clip of him talking on the phone with his father. It’s a moment can all relate to, when we get a piece of good news or need to vent about a bad day, we usually pick up the phone and call a parent.
During their conversation, Swindell tells him his piece of good news about landing a record deal. Despite the joyous moment, the video quickly turns somber as Swindell’s tour bus arrives at a house, and people run out to greet it.
As the lyrics describe the happy scene with perfect weather and family all around, Swindell can’t help but notice something missing: his father. The video shows important moments from Swindell’s career, alternating between heartbreaking scenes of Swindell visiting his father’s grave. If you haven’t seen the video, be prepared to get out the kleenex.
Swindell and Ashley Gorley wrote the tender song, and Swindell has said that the song is one of his favorites he’s ever written. It makes sense considering how hard the track hits home for him. However, Swindell wasn’t sure if it would end up as the first single on the album of the same name.
Thankfully Swindell released the song, and it even reached No. 1 on the “Country Airplay” and “Hot Country Songs” in April 2016.
“I think that’s why I moved to Nashville, is to write a song like this,” he says. “Just growing up, loving ’90s country music, there were songs that touched me. There were fun ones, but there were also the ones I could relate to, and I think this is going to be that song when people get to hear it.”