While talking to someone in work today about musical tastes I was trying to think what really made me stand up and listen to country music for the very first time. I honestly can’t remember but one thing I do remember, I always go back to this video. I believe this song was instrumental to me falling in love with the country genre. The song I hear you ask ? Don’t take The Girl

It was 1994 and my very first introduction to Tim McGraw and his own style of delivering a song, it was also my first real “story” song where the video/song had a beginning, middle and ending. It always makes me shudder when I see this video, not sure why. Maybe I know subliminally that this song means so much to me and it marks a move into the genre. The other singer I enjoyed around the same time was Vince Gill but McGraw has a certain draw for me.

If you read the lyrics it’s fairly obvious what the song is about, but if you can’t quite figure it out take a look at the video found on youtube. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Johnny’s daddy was taking him fishin’
When he was eight years old
A little girl came through the front gate holdin’ a fishing pole
His dad looked down and smiled, 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, take Tommy Thompson, take 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, take my credit cards
Here’s the watch that my grandpa gave me
Here’s the key to my car
Mister give it a whirl
But please don’t take the girl

Same old boy
Same sweet girl
Five years down the road
There’s going to 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
Take 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

Johnny’s daddy
Was taking him fishin’

 

1 Response » to “Don’t Take The Girl – Tim McGraw”

  1. […] back in 1994 I was introduced to country music via Tim McGraw’s”Don’t Take The Girl“. It meant a lot to me then and it still does, I never tire enough from listening or watching […]

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