Tim McGraw is the first track and lead single of Taylor's debut album Taylor Swift. It was released on June 19, 2006.

Meaning and Background

"This song means so much to me, that's why we wanted it to be the first track on the album. The idea for this song came to me in math class. I just started singing to myself 'When you think Tim McGraw.' The concept for this song hit me, because I was dating a guy who moved away, and it was going to be over for us. So I started thinking of things that I knew would remind him of me. The first thing that came to mind was that my favorite song is by Tim McGraw. After school, I went downtown, sat down at the piano, and wrote this with Liz Rose in fifteen minutes. It may be the best fifteen minutes I've ever experienced."

- Taylor about Tim McGraw[1]

The guy Taylor is referring to, is a guy called Drew Dunlap who she dated in her Freshman year when Drew was a Senior.

Trivia

  • This is Taylor's first ever published song.
  • Her favorite song Taylor is singing about, is "Can't Tell Me Nothin" from Tim McGraw.
  • Taylor sung this song together with the actual Tim McGraw and Faith Hill at the Reputation Tour.

Music Video

The music video was released on July 22, 2006. It's directed by Trey Fanjoy. Taylor's love interest is played by Clayton Collins.

Storyline
The video starts with Taylor lying on the grass next to water and holding a radio. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is seen driving his car. He turns the radio on and stops driving as he hears Taylor's favorite song. He gets flashback to him and Taylor having fun in a field, lying in the back of his truck while looking at the stars, holding hands while taking a walk and the two of them dancing together. In between, Taylor is seen playing guitar next to a cabin. After the flashbacks, the guy turns his truck around and drives to the cabin. He finds a letter at the door and starts reading. The video ends with him folding the letter and Taylor lying on the grass.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
He said the way my blue eyes shined
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said, "That's a lie"
Just a boy in a Chevy truck
That had a tendency of gettin' stuck
On backroads at night
And I was right there beside him all summer long
And then the time we woke up to find that summer gone

[Chorus]
But when you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

[Verse 2]
September saw a month of tears
And thankin' God that you weren't here
To see me like that
But in a box beneath my bed
Is a letter that you never read
From three summers back
It's hard not to find it all a little bittersweet
And lookin' back on all of that, it's nice to believe

[Chorus]
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
The moon like a spotlight on the lake
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me

[Bridge]
And I'm back for the first time since then
I'm standin' on your street
And there's a letter left on your doorstep
And the first thing that you'll read is:
"When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think my favorite song
Someday you'll turn your radio on
I hope it takes you back to that place"

[Chorus]
When you think happiness
I hope you think that little black dress
Think of my head on your chest
And my old faded blue jeans
When you think Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me
Oh, think of me
Mmmm

[Outro]
He said the way my blue eyes shine
Put those Georgia stars to shame that night
I said, "That's a lie"


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2007 BMI Country Awards BMI Award Won
CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year Won

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