We’ve heard him do Keith’s heartbreaker, “I’m Over You” before, and today, he’s doing his own rendition of “Tell Lorrie I Love Her” with Abby Hamilton.
Keith originally wrote and recorded the song at home for his wife and fellow country singer, Lorrie Morgan. He’d written it for his friend, Curtis Young, to sing on Keith and Lorrie’s wedding day.
It was only released posthumously on his Greatest Hits album, and of course, became an instant classic thereafter.
In her 1997 book, Forever Yours Faithfully: My Love Story, which was about her relationship and marriage to Keith, Lorrie noted that she listened to this song repeatedly on her way to his funeral. Keith tragically passed away at the young age of 33 from alcohol poisoning, and he had struggled with alcoholism since he was a teenager.
It’s incredibly sad to think back on now when you hear the lyrics he wrote, and knowing that he put his unconditional love for her into a such a beautiful song just about brings a tear to your eye:
“If I were alone in the desert Without a drink of water around With my knees and hands in the white scorching sands With the hot Sahara sun beating down If I could be granted my wishes And anything I want would come true Well, I know that it might sound funny But here’s what I want you to do
Tell Lorrie I love her Tell Lorrie I need her Tell her everything would be okay If I could just see her Tell Lorrie I love her Tell Lorrie I need her And if I leave this old world Tell her she’s the only girl for me”