Alan Jackson Opens Up About Song He Wrote After Wife’s Cancer Diagnosis

Alan & Denise Jackson
Alan & Denise Jackson

Alan Jackson frequently draws on his strong bond with his family for his songs. In a new interview, the iconic singer-songwriter shares the story behind a particularly emotional song that was never a hit, but was nonetheless impactful in a different way.

Jackson and his wife, Denise, went through a trial in 2010, when she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Jackson wrote a song about the ordeal titled “When I Saw You Leaving (For Nisey),” which closed his 2012 album Thirty Miles West.

“I’ve always tried to write it where it is personal, but other people can feel like that could be their life,” Jackson says in a new interview with Essentials Radio on Apple Music Country.

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