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A Little Too Late (Toby Keith song)

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Format  CD Single
Length  4:06 (album version)
Genre  Country
Label  Show Dog Nashville
Released  April 4, 2006 (2006-04-04)
Writer(s)  Toby Keith Scotty Emerick Dean Dillon

"A Little Too Late" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Toby Keith that reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It was released in April 2006 as the second single from his CD White Trash with Money. Keith wrote the song with his frequent collaborator, Scotty Emerick, and Dean Dillon.



The song is a moderate up-tempo mostly accompanied by electric guitars. The song's lyrics show a male addressing a former female lover, telling her that the couple is through.

Music video

A video for "A Little Too Late," directed by Michael Salomon, premiered on May 11, 2006. It has aired on CMT and Great American Country.

At the beginning of the video, a middle-aged man (Keith) appears at the doorway of a basement stairwell with a shovel, announces that he's home and begins playing a vinyl record of the song. He then approaches his ex-girlfriend (Krista Allen), who has been tied to a chair in the basement. After mocking her, he begins mixing cement in a trough and removes a tarp over a pallet of bricks. The man's intent is to seal his girlfriend inside and leave her for dead; indeed, the woman's fear and apprehension grows as the man completes his work. However, Keith fails to notice he is actually bricking himself inside; this does not become evident until the end of the song. Keith, who continues to mock his girlfriend after he places the last brick, suddenly realizes his predicament. At the end, the young woman frees herself and walks out of the basement; Keith, meanwhile, tries to apologize to her and meekly calls for help.

Chart performance

This song debuted at number 45 on the Hot Country Songs chart on the chart dated April 29, 2006. Many radio stations added this song in its first official week of airplay, boosting the song to number 30 the next week. The song finally peaked at number 2 in early August, where it held for two weeks, after remaining at number 4 for four weeks.


A Little Too Late (Toby Keith song) Wikipedia