June 9.2015 Story Behind “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift told Great American Country about this song: “If anyone has heard this song and really listened to it, they realize it’s not about Tim McGraw. It’s about a relationship that I was in. Just to set the record straight, it wasn’t with Tim McGraw. It was with this guy I was dating (Senior Drew Dunlap) and he was about to go off to college and I was thinking about all the things that I knew would remind him of me. I didn’t really think of Tim McGraw personally when I wrote this song. It was a song where I was listing personal things. One of things that I listed was that my favorite song is by Tim McGraw.”

Swift added: “The guy I wrote Tim McGraw about, I dated him for about a year and we are still friends, but we don’t talk that much because his new girlfriend isn’t too much of a fan. He really thought it was cool that, even though we weren’t going out anymore, I remembered our relationship nicely. I think that he was happy that I didn’t write ‘Picture To Burn’ about him, another song on my album.”

When McGraw was co-hosting CMT’s Country Countdown USA show with Lon Helton, he was asked by his co-host what he thought the first time he heard this song. Tim replied, “It was awesome. I didn’t know if I should take it as a compliment, or if I should feel old.” Helton then asked Taylor Swift the same question The young singer-songwriter responded: “Definitely it was meant as a compliment.”

Swift tells this story, “This song means so much to me, that’s why we wanted it to be the first track on the album.

The track spent numerous of weeks upon both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs in the United States. It peaked at number 40 on the former and number six on the latter. The single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold more than one million copies since its release

Taylor linked up with Tim McGraw seven years later when she provided harmony vocals for his Two Lanes Of Freedom track, “Highway Don’t Care.” McGraw told Billboard magazine in an interview plugging his 2013 album that he didn’t know Swift when her breakthrough single was released. “The first thing I thought was, ‘Have I gotten that old?'” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t realize she was like 12 or 13 when she wrote it. It’s a great song. Taylor is really special, and she’s gotten exponentially better with every project. She owns her style now. Instead of searching for a style or trying to be something, she owns who she is.”

LYRICS: Written by Taylor Swift and Liz Rose

He said the way my blue eyes shined
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said: “That’s a lie.”
Just a boy in a Chevy truck
That had a tendency of gettin’ stuck
On backroads at night
And I was right there beside him all summer long
And then the time we woke up to find that summer gone

But when you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

September saw a month of tears
And thankin’ God that you weren’t here
To see me like that
But in a box beneath my bed
Is a letter that you never read
From three summers back
It’s hard not to find it all a little bitter sweet
And lookin’ back on all of that, it’s nice to believe

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

And I’m back for the first time since then
I’m standin’ on your street
And there’s a letter left on your doorstep
And the first thing that you’ll read is:

When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
Someday you’ll turn your radio on
I hope it takes you back to that place
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

Oh, think of me
Mmmm

He said the way my blue eyes shine
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said: “That’s a lie”

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