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Tim McGraw Dedicates 'Live Like You Were Dying' To Maryland Governor Battling Cancer

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Tim mcgraw Songs | Tim McGraw Dedicates 'Live Like You Were Dying' To Maryland Governor Battling Cancer | Country Music Videos
Photo credit: Twitter: @LarryHogan
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Tim McGraw has a reputation for his kindness and generosity, especially when it comes to fans who are going through tough times. He and his wife Faith Hill can be remembered for driving truckloads of supplies down the Gulf after Hurricane Katrina, but most recently McGraw showed his support for the University of Maryland Medical Center's Children's Hospital and one deserving fan. 

McGraw was the musical guest at the hospital's benefit on October 24, 2015, and dedicated his emotional, "Live Like You Were Dying" to one special audience member. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2015.

Hogan completed his last chemotherapy treatment in early October. During his time at the University of Maryland Medical Center receiving treatment, the governor would visit the younger patients at the Children’s Hospital, who he said inspired him.

Hogan documented the experience on his Twitter account:

McGraw's song meant something to Hogan long before the benefit concert. The lyrics to "Live Like You Were Dying" actually reside on his desk on the State House. 

Hogan spoke with the Washington Post about the country music song. 

“I always loved the song, but every single word had a whole new meaning to me,” Hogan said.

The humble governor was honored to have McGraw himself dedicate that very song to him, and to have the crowd join in, singing to him. After the benefit, Hogan was also presented with McGraw's guitar signed,“To Gov — Live Like You Were Dying.”

Special moments like this are what many artists live for. We wish Governor Hogan all the best, and hope he continues to live by those lyrics. Watch the official "Live Like You Were Dying" video below. 

LYRICS BELOW

He said I was in my early 40's,
With a lot of life before me,
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days, lookin' at the x-rays,
Talkin' 'bout the options and talkin' 'bout sweet time.
Asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end.
How's it hit ya, when you get that kind of news.
Man what ya do.
And he says,

I went sky divin',
I went rocky mountain climbin',
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I've been denying,
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin'.

He said I was finally the husband,
That most the time I wasn't.
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all the sudden goin' fishing,
Wasn't such an imposition.
And I went three times that year I lost my dad.
Well I finally read the good book,
And I took a good long hard look at what I'd do
If I could do it all again.
And then.

Like tomorrow was a gift and you've got eternity
To think about what you do with it,
What could you do with it, what can
I do with with it, what would I do with it.

Sky divin',
I went rocky mountain climbin',
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull name Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper,
And I spoke sweeter,
And I watched an eagle as it was flyin'.
And he said someday I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin'.

To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'.
To live like you were dyin'. 
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