September 25.2015 – Story Behind The Song, “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Tim McGraw Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Tim McGraw I bet you got a dead cell phone

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This Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad and Brett Warren penned tune features harmony vocals from Tim McGraw’s labelmate Taylor Swift with Keith Urban on an amped up guitar.

“Those are two of my favorite artists,” McGraw told Billboard magazine. “Keith and I had talked about recording a song together – something he could play guitar on, it was just finding the right song that worked. When I got the demo, I knew I wanted Taylor’s voice on this song. When she came in and sang it, it could not have been better, and to have them both on it is great. I think this song would have been something I would have wanted whether anybody had sang on it. The fact that they are on it makes it really special.”

Lyrically, the song is a take on freedom tinged with regret. “There’s a sultriness to it,” McGraw told Billboard. “Taylor sang her ass off on that thing. This was also one of the first songs I found for this album, and I knew instantly I wanted Taylor on it. The great thing about that song is the perspective it’s told from, her voice is the song coming through the radio.”

Brad Warren told Roughstock that the part they wrote for the girl, “is just the voice on the radio.” He explained: “It’s about the person you’re singing about in the song or singing to in the song is driving down the road. It says ‘and the song says’ and she comes in with ‘I can’t live without you, baby.’

“We wrote the girl’s part as just the voice on the radio,” continued Warren. “It’s not actually part of the lyrics; it’s just looked at as a voice on the radio. Then it kicks into the regular chorus. That’s one of those tricks you learn when you’ve been around for 20 years [laughs]! We’ve written all the way to the wall of goodness, and now we’re on our way back … so it’s getting worse.”

The artists’ recording sessions were all done separately with McGraw the last to add his voice. “When we got it back, it was pretty spectacular. Taylor’s voice on there, she just really nailed it,” he told The Boot. And Keith’s guitar playing … I don’t think you’ll find a more talented guy around.”

The track set a record for single week audience impressions with 41.3 million during the May 27-June 2, 2013 Nielsen BDS tracking week. It was the biggest weekly audience sum since the Country Airplay chart switched to audience-based rankings in January 2005.

The song topped the Billboard country chart. It was McGraw’s 34th career #1 single.

LYRICS: Written by Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad and Brett Warren
Bet your window’s rolled down and your hair’s pulled back
And I bet you got no idea you’re going way too fast
You’re trying not to think about what went wrong
Trying not to stop ’til you get where you goin’
You’re trying to stay awake so I bet you turn on the radio
And the song goes

I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby, baby

The highway won’t hold you tonight
The highway don’t know you’re alive
The highway don’t care if you’re all alone
But I do, I do.
The highway won’t dry your tears
The highway don’t need you here
The highway don’t care if you’re coming home
But I do, I do.

I bet you got a dead cell phone in your shotgun seat
Yeah, I bet you’re bending God’s ear talking ’bout me.
You’re trying not to let the first tear fall out
Trying not to think about turning around
You’re trying not to get lost in the sound but that song is always on
So you sing along

I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without I can’t live without you baby, oh baby

The highway won’t hold you tonight
The highway don’t know you’re alive
The highway don’t care if you’re all alone
But I do, I do.
The highway won’t dry your tears
The highway don’t need you here
The highway don’t care if you’re coming home
But I do, I do.

I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without I can’t live without you, baby, oh baby

The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care
But I do, I do.

I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby
I can’t live without I can’t live without you, baby, oh baby
(The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care
The highway don’t care
But I do, I do)
[x3]

I can’t live without you, I can’t live without you, baby

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One thought on “September 25.2015 – Story Behind The Song, “Highway Don’t Care” by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

  1. Charles Thornburg

    I can’t believe y’all didn’t mention the video to this song. Because, I believe it sent a clear message about driving and NOT being distracted. You see, I’m a retired firefighter from the gulf coast. I can’t tell you the number of fatal accidents I’ve attended and assisted in where texting was the the probable cause of the accident. The tag line in the song “I can’t live without you” reinforces the need to stay focused on the road instead of being distracted. I’ve heard the song a thousand times, but I just now watched the video. Kudo’s to everyone involved in the message, it ought to be run once daily on every network!

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