The story is told from the perspective of an old man that the narrator converses with looking back at his life and recalling the regrets of his past, leaving the narrator thinking over his own life. This story line leads into a bridge where the narrator calls up his wife and tells her how much he loves/needs her, then finishes off with a fantastic final chorus where Webb preaches to the listener "god only gives us so much precious time, don't let it slip on by".
Webb's performance is both passionate and urgent, giving it a seemingly personal connection, and he's a strong enough vocalist technically to keep such a strong lyric afloat.
All this backed by an gorgeous melody and production. Major props to the producers for not letting this reach full blown power ballad territory, as this would have been the perfect time for overproduction to strike.
Austin Webb and co. have truly crafted a stunning single. It's a shame I discovered it after I submitted my Best of 2013 list.
Listen: "Slip On By"