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.
“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.
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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