Tanned and fit Tim McGraw currently rocks the Country Music scene with his new song, “Southern Girl.” Does the song really hold any substance? Absolutely! McGraw’s performance of the song tells the story of the everyday Southern girl. McGraw comes from the South, according to Biography, so he knows how to place the Southern girl squarely in front of our eyes when he performs, and that he did with his song “Southern Girl.”
McGraw’s slow voice and strong emphasis in all the right spots makes a Southerner feel right at home. McGraw’s song places its listener right in the middle of the South, and the video on Youtube helps the listener see what the song says: fun, real, just being Southern. Kean Radio confirms that McGraw’s friends wrote the song, but the life breathed into the song, however, definitely comes from McGraw as he performs the song.
The song absolutely gets the Southern dialect right and the details, too. The idea of a Southern girl liking “cherries in her coke” seems especially telling since Southerners use the word coke as more of a generic term for cold drink or soda pop. “Hay in her hair” and “tires in the mud” point directly to how a girl acts in the South. A Southern girl is unpretentious, outspoken, and not afraid of much. The line about “washed in the blood” seals the description of a Southern girl.
The song tells it right when describing a Southern girl as “soft as cotton.” Some may argue that a woman cannot be tough and soft, but that’s what a person gets with a Southern girl. McGraw’s performance of “Southern Girl” places the down-to-earth, everyday Southern girl right in front of the viewer’s eyes. The good news is that McGraw performs the song with the conviction of a Southerner, and his performance show appreciation and seeming preference for a Southern girl.
A Southerner singing about a Southern girl? Some may not get the connection, but likely most anyone raised in the South does. It does seem, however, that maybe some may get McGraw’s message. Billboard currently places McGraw’s song at #9, which means the song is doing well, and it should do well since McGraw delivers a sense of culture through his performance. The message comes not just through the words or the performance, but through a Southerner’s performance of the cultural South.
The song is like the South; it grows on a person.
Thank you, Tim McGraw.