May 31

Tim McGraw’s “Don’t Take The Girl”: The No.1 Single On May 31, 1994

Tim McGraw

In 1994, Tim McGraw placed 4 top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. They were “Down On The Farm” at No. 5 which was released on July 11, 1994. Also, “Indian Outlaw” placed at No. 8 which was released on January 22, 1994. The ones that topped the charts were “Not A Moment Too Soon,” released ON October 24, 1994, and of course “Don’t Take The Girl” which was released on March 28, 1994.

But exactly on May 31, 1994, “Don’t Take The Girl” placed at No.1 wiping the other country artists and their songs out. This marks 24 years since the day the song became a top charting hit of McGraw. Interestingly, the song was McGraw’s very first No.1 single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Don’t Take The Girl…

Craig Martin and Larry W. Johnson pooled resources at creating the words and lyrics of “Don’t Take The Girl.” The Song was part of McGraw’s album “Not A Moment Too Soon,” which was also another single of McGraw on the same album and another single to top the country chart.

The Story…

“Don’t Take The girl” portrays a story between two lovers dealing with difficulties at the three stages of their lives. In each situation, the man does everything in his power and ability to make sure that no one will not take his girl.

Moreover, the first verse talks about and shows the lover’s lives as young people. The second verse deals with the lovers as teenagers. Lastly, the third verse, discusses their lives as adults, being married and expecting their first baby.

The Lyrics…

Johnny’s daddy was taking him fishin’

When he was eight years old

Little girl came through the front gate

Holdin’ a fishin’ pole

His dad looked down and smiled

He said, “We can’t leave her behind”

“Son, I know you don’t want her to go

But someday you’ll change your mind”

And Johnny said

“Take Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Thompson

My best friend, Bo

Take anybody that you want as

Long as she don’t go

Take any boy in the world

Daddy please, don’t take the girl”

Same old boy, same sweet girl

Ten years down the road

He held her tight and kissed her lips in

Front of the picture show

Stranger came and pulled a gun

Grabbed her by the arm said

“If you do what I tell you to

There won’t be any harm”

And Johnny said “Take my money

Take my wallet

My credit cards

Here’s the watch that my Grandpa gave me

The key to my car

Mister give it a whirl

But please don’t take the girl”

Same old boy, sweet girl

Five years down the road

There’s gonna be a little one and she

Says it’s time to go

Doctor says the baby’s fine

But you’ll have to leave

‘Cause his momma’s fading fast and

Johnny hit his knees and there he prayed

“Take the very breath you gave me

The heart from my chest

I’ll gladly take her place if you’ll let me

Make this my last request

Take me out of this world

God, please don’t take the girl”

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