“Tim McGraw” was Taylor’s debut single and her first published song. It appeared on her 2006 self-titled album, Taylor Swift.
Taylor wrote the original lyrics when she was a freshman in high school. She was sure the senior boy she was dating would break up with her when he left to go to college. This song was to remind him of her when they were apart from one another.
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 Tim McGraw
I hope you think of me
Relationships fall apart. Friends move away. People change, and sometimes memories are all we have of the moments made together. Creating things for ourselves and/or for others to remember past happy times by is a good idea. God is big on remembering. In Joshua 4, He told Joshua and the Israelites to set up “stones of remembrance” so they would be reminded of His goodness, protection, and provision.
Blogger Sabrina Gauer gives a wonderful suggestion that we all leave our own “stones of remembrance”. Using whatever beautiful and unique talents God has given us, Gauer writes that may mean “painting a picture, capturing the world from behind a lens, or writing a song” – like Taylor’s “Tim McGraw”.
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
As we all know, happiness is fleeting. Only joy is lasting. But our lives are richer when we think happiness by remembering the special people who grace our lives even after they are gone. Our lives are fuller when we think happiness by remembering the special moments that may consist of little black dresses and old faded blue jeans.
Read the full lyrics on Genius. Watch the music video below: