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'Band Perry' No. 1 Hit Is Certified Platinum

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This photo shows The Band Perry shooting the video for the single "If I Die Young," which has been certified platinum.

Originally published: 2010-12-18 00:21:28
Last modified: 2010-12-18 00:26:40
 


Group Appeared

As Guests On

TV's 'The View'

On Wednesday

BY LISA WARREN

STAFF WRITER

Honors keep rolling in for The Band Perry.

The group's No. 1 country single, "If I Die Young," has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Platinum status is for sales exceeding one million units, according to the RIAA website.

The song was written by the band's lead singer, Kimberly Perry.

"This song is about hope and contentment," said Perry, in the music industry publication, Music Row. The article was published online at http://www.musicrow.com.

"Fans seem to have taken this song to heart as a positive reminder to appreciate each day you're given," she added. "Every night we sing this song, it's a reminder to us as well -- we couldn't be more grateful for this response."

Perry and her brothers Reid and Neil make up The Band Perry, which is on the Republic Nashville recording label.

The Perrys are the children of Greeneville pediatrician Dr. Steve Perry and his wife, Marie.

On Wednesday, the band performed "If I Die Young," on ABC television's "The View." The group's performance on the show can be viewed online on WIVK-FM's website, http://www.wivk.com.

The song has also scored a 2011 Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Song. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards show will be broadcast on Feb. 13, at 8 p.m., on CBS.

Other Grammy nominees in the Best Country Song category include George Strait for "The Breath I Take," Zac Brown Band for "Free," Miranda Lambert for "The House That Built Me," Gretchen Wilson for "I'd Love To Be Your Last," and Lady Antebellum for "Need You Now."

Here are the lyrics for the song, "If I Die Young":

If I die young bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh (uh oh)

Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother

She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors

Oh and life ain't always what you think it ought to be

No, ain't even gray, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life

Well I've had just enough time

If I die young bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life

Well I've had, just enough time

And I'll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom

I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger

I've never known the lovin' of a man

But it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand

There's a boy here in town says he'll love me forever

Who would have thought forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life

Well I've had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I'll wear my pearls

What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts

Oh no, I'll sell them for a dollar

They're worth so much more after I'm a goner

And maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin'

Funny when you're dead how people start listenin'

If I die young bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh (uh, oh)

The ballad of a dove (uh, oh)

Go with peace and love

Gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket

Save them for a time when you're really gonna need them

Oh, the sharp knife of a short life

Well I've had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I'll wear my pearls

 
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