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Anatomy of a Country Music Song, Part VII

 

Figure 1. My friend Danielle used to drive an orange VW Beetle with a bumper sticker that said this

Figure 1. My friend Danielle used to drive an orange VW Beetle with a bumper sticker that said this

 

Sorry it’s been a while since we did one of these. I’ve not been busy, really. I don’t know what the hell I’ve been doing. Stuff? Who cares.

Anyway, I like Tim McGraw a whole lot, despite his cheesy-ass Jesus Fish Bicep Tattoo. Normally, these posts are about me making fun of country songs and I won’t stop doing that.

But “Red Ragtop” is one of my favorite country songs. No lie; I adore it. The story, the sound, all of it. I know Tim McGraw didn’t write it, but I have to give him snaps for performing it, given the traditional conservatism of Nashville and the whole OH MY GOD ABORTION NOT THAT dust-up that occurred with many radio stations when the song came out. It’s kind of fun for me to imagine Faith Hill being like, “Tim? Honey? Enough with that abortion song; I’m on the cover of Family Circle again, you’re making it awkward…”

Listen to the song here; analysis after the jump…

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