“If I Die Young” is a song written by Kimberly Perry, and recorded by American country music trio The Band Perry. It was released on June 8, 2010 as the second single from the group’s self-titled debut album, which was released on October 12, 2010. The song is about the sadness of dying young (“The sharp knife of a short life”) as the narrator describes how she never really got to experience love and worrying about how her loved ones will miss her and deal with the loss. She recognizes that once someone passes away, others seem to pay more attention to that person’s life.
The Band Perry received at least one letter in response to the song. In its envelope, the members also found a necklace with a ring on it. The letter’s author was a young girl who had recently lost her best friend to cancer. Mourning her friend’s death, the girl was contemplating suicide. Driving from work one day, she heard “If I Die Young” on the radio. Hearing “so much life in the song”, the girl changed her mind. In her letter to The Band Perry, she wrote about the necklace: “I’m sending this to you, because it’s the most important thing I own. This song literally saved my life.”