Craig Campbell. "Learning to Live Again". New Live Music Video.

Craig Campbell covers one of his favorite songs, "Learning to Live Again" by Garth Brooks, backstage at the Opry on October 20, 2017. 

"Learning to Live Again" is a song written by Don Schlitz and Stephanie Davis, and recorded by American country music singer Garth Brooks. It was released in January 1993 as the third single from his album, The Chaseand his sixteenth overall.

 

This song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, and reached number 5 on Canada's RPM country chart. "Learning to Live Again" is included on The Ultimate Hits collection.

The song is a ballad, in which the narrator describes feelings of alienation and isolation after a tough breakup and not dating for a while. His friends then set him up on a double date at a little cafe. He feels very out of place but is getting along with his date. She asks him to dance but he's forgotten her name. The chorus describes how learning to live as a single man is killing him. When they are saying goodnight on her porch, he kisses her on the cheek and gets the courage to ask if he can see her again. It is revealed that she is learning to live again also, but he doesn't know it. She says, "We'll See".

"Learning to Live Again" debuted at number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of February 6, 1993.

Lyrics

 

I burned my hand, I cut my face 

Heaven knows how long it's been 

Since I've felt so out of place 

I'm wonderin' if I'll fit in

 

Debbie and Charley said they'd be here by nine 

And Deb said she might bring a friend 

Just my luck, they're right on time 

So here I go again 

 

I'm gonna smile my best smile 

And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style 

Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see 

That learning to live again is killing me 

 

Little cafe, table for four 

But there's just conversation for three 

I like the way she let me get the door 

I wonder what she thinks of me 

 

Debbie just whispered, "You're doin' fine" 

And I wish that I felt the same 

She's asked me to dance, now her hand's in mine 

Oh, my god, I've forgotten her name 

 

But I'm gonna smile my best smile 

And I'm gonna laugh like it's going out of style 

Look into her eyes and pray that she don't see 

That learning to live again is killing me 

 

Now here we are beneath her porch light 

And I say what a great time it's been 

A kiss on the cheek, a whisper goodnight 

And I say, "can I see you again" 

 

And she just smiles her best smile 

And she laughs like it's going out of style 

Looks into my eyes and says, "We'll see" 

Oh this learning to live again is killing me 

God this learning to live again is killing me