“Some Songs Change Your World” by Tim McGraw
“Some Songs Change Your World” is the penultimate track on the playlist of Tim McGraw’s LP “Standing Room Only”. McGraw singer has been in the game for a minute. He boasts a discography that dates all the way back to 1991. So this project of his, which Big Machine Records released, on 25 August 2023, actually represents his 16th studio album.
The writers of “Some Songs Change Your World” are as follows”
- Lance Miller
- Josh Kear
- Mark Irwin
Tim McGraw didn’t write this song. He, however produced it alongside Byron Gallimore. And measuring in at approximately 5 minutes and 20 seconds, this is also the longest track on “Standing Room Only”.
One of the reasons it’s pertinent to point out that Tim is a tenured musician is because the tracks found on “Standing Room Only” read a lot like the older, and may we say puritan days of country music.
His lyrics are not replete with over-the-top metaphors or esoteric terminology. Instead they are genuinely compelling, with a narrative feel while concurrently being easy-to-follow.
In the case of this particular track, what we are met with is a love song. The intent of the vocalist, as relayed by the track’s title, is to highlight the types of songs that “change your world”.
And it is quickly established that he’s not referring to your favorite tunes or the ones you find the most meaningful per se. Rather, it is whatever song(s) that happens to be blasting across the radio or what have you first ‘cross eyes’ with that special someone, realizing that she is the one.
In other words, the song in and of itself isn’t of major importance. But what is would be the symbolic significance it plays in your life, representing the onset of a meaningful romantic relationship, i.e. one that leads to the formation of a family.
As such, the vocalist doesn’t place the featured narrative in the present day, with McGraw currently nearing the golden age of 60. Rather, the lyrics harp back to a teenage love, i.e. when he first met his sweetheart.
The Song That Changed Tim’s World
To note, when Tim was personally asked what song ‘changed his world’, he responded with “It’s Your Love”.
“It’s Your Love”, which was dropped in 1997, is not only one of the biggest hits of his career but was also McGraw’s first collaboration with fellow country singer Faith Hill, whom he married the year prior.
So obviously, that wasn’t the song he heard upon meeting her. But Tim did go to explain that it came out at a time which was ‘very early in their relationship’, and the collaboration proceeded to ‘bring them together in a way that he doesn’t know what else could have’.
And that is the same general concept that these lyrics speak to, in a manner of interpretation, how a particular song can come to have a major, edifyingly-symbolic role in a romantic relationship.