Now, those words sound like a cry for help.
"On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down, like a single, naked, unrelenting tear ... I'm still here."
On Sunday, McCready, whose turbulent personal life overshadowed her music, was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home -- the victim, authorities said, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
She was 37.
McCready leaves behind two boys -- a 6-year-old and a 10-month-old.
Dr. Drew talks about McCready's woes
Just a month earlier, police had paid another visit to the house in Heber Springs.
On that day, they found the infant's father -- record producer David Wilson -- dead on the porch.
He too had apparently taken his own life. He too had used a gun.
The long, tortured journey of Mindy McCready
McCready burst onto the music scene in 1996 with her debut album "Ten thousand angels."