“Tim McGraw” is the debut single and first published song recorded by Taylor Swift. Swift penned the song together with Liz Rose. Big Machine Records released it as Swifts’ lead single in her self-titled album on June 19, 2006. Swift penned “Tim McGraw” during her high school freshman year. It is a musical link of the traditional and modern country music. Its lyrics contained items associating a past relationship, one of which being country artist, Tim McGraw’s music.
“Tim McGraw” achieved much, commercially. The song spent weeks on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs chart. It reached 4oth and 6th on the boards, respectively. In addition, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum and has sold more than one million copies since its release. “Tim McGraw” was endorsed by Swift both radio tours and performances in many venues. Moreover, she opened some country artists’ concert tours with this song.
Is “Tim McGraw” about Tim McGraw?
If we listen to the song closely, we will realize it is not about Tim McGraw, but about someone who is in a relationship. Taylor Swift once set the record straight by revealing that it is about a senior guy she dated in high school. The guy was about to go off to college and Taylor knew that they would break up at the end of the school year. This situation led Taylor to think about all the things that she knew would remind him of her. The song included a list of all the different things they spent together.
Taylor Swift admitted that she did not personally think of Tim McGraw when she wrote the song. That, it was a list of personal things, including her favorite song by Tim McGraw, “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’”. The song came to Swift during a math class. When he started singing “When you think Tim McGraw”, that was where the concept started. After school, she then went downtown, sat down at the piano, and wrote it with Liz Rose in fifteen minutes. A “fifteen-minute” best experience ever for Taylor.
The Song Title and Songwriter Met
When Tim McGraw was asked what he thought about the song, he replied,
“It was awesome. I didn’t know if I should take it as a compliment, or if I should feel old.”
Taylor meant it as a compliment as showed in her actions when they first met. Taylor Swift performed her song for Tim McGraw in the 20017 ACM Awards. She says, “Hi, I’m Taylor” at the end of her performance.
Since then they have been friends and have even performed duets together.