The brunette beauty was left heartbroken in July (13) when her Glee co-star and real-life partner died from a drug overdose, and she channelled her grief into her songwriting.
Michele opens the ballad with the words, "It's been seven whole days/ Seven whole days since you paralysed me", and goes on to sing, "It's been seven whole days since you lost your fight/ And I can't get the last words that you said/ Can't get those words out of my head/ Seven whole days/ Seven whole days and four words."
In another line, she croons, "Was just a week ago, you said, 'I love you, girl'/ I said, 'I love you more'/ And a breath, a pause/ You said, 'If you say so'/ 'If you say so. If you say so.'"
Discussing the meaning of the track, Michele tells America's Seventeen magazine, "It's about my last conversation that I had with him.
"I spoke to a woman who lost her son, and she mentioned how grateful she was that the last words she said to her son before he died were, 'I love you.' Mine were that as well. (The song) is just about that. There are lots of different emotions - if you could see this person again, what are the things you would want to say to them? It's a personal story."
If You Say So isn't the only song on her debut album, Louder, which was written in Monteith's honour - You're Mine was also inspired by the Canadian actor.
She previously revealed You're Mine was a last-minute addition to the tracklisting, saying, "The album was done, and the label said, 'Do you want to add anything?' I was like, 'I might regret it if I don't'. It makes me so happy, this song. It makes me think so much of Cory... When I think if him, I play this."
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