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In the fall of 2019, Sam Williams wrote a song called “The World: Alone.” He was inspired to write a song about his dream tour in Europe along with how his heart was feeling that day.
In a press release, he said, “I was in a phase of manifestation.”
Then, on June 13, 2020, Sam’s sister Katie passed away at the age of 27 in a car crash. Her husband Tyler, who she shared two children with, was also in the vehicle and was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to treat his injuries.
Following her death, Sam took a quick break from Instagram before returning and sharing several tributes to his older sister, including one with their mom, Mary Jane Thomas, and their dad, country legend Hank Williams Jr.
After Katie’s passing, his song “The World: Alone” began to take on a new meaning.
“As the months went by, when I would come back to this song, it touched me in a different way. I realized that I wrote this song, a year prior, about how badly I wanted to show Katie the world,” Sam said. “I had no idea I would ever lose her. One day, I had an epiphany that she is with God and can see the entire world now, without my help.”
Sam promoted the song on Instagram on October 19. The photo was a drawing of the Eiffel Tower with the lyrics, “Now who am I supposed to show it to?”
In the full chorus, he sings,
“Cause I was gonna, yeah I was gonna show you the world
There’s so much for us to see
It was supposed to be you and me
But we got this disharmony
But now I gotta go it alone
And I don’t know what I’m gonna do
I was gonna show you the world
Now who’m I supposed to show it to?”
Sam released the song on October 21, 2020, on what would have been Katie’s 28th birthday.
“I wanted to honor her with releasing this song on her birthday, because she was always so proud of my career,” he said.
Take a listen to his song “The World: Alone” below.