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Country superstar Tim McGraw’s tale of loss still hits us straight in the heart YouTube

Tim McGraw’s fifth single “Don’t Take The Girl” was quite the special one.

Not only did “Don’t Take The Girl” debut on Memorial Day weekend in 1994, it also took over the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart, eventually rising to number 17 on the pop charts as well. Even though topping the charts is always a happy occasion, this one was especially sweet, as it was McGraw’s first No.1 hit.

Yet, it came at the hands of a song that bore a sad, sad tale of loss.

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No matter the circumstance, loss is hard. And no other song in Tim’s extensive catalog hits on this cruel reality of life quite like “Don’t Take the Girl.” Following a fictional character, Johnny,  the song leads listeners through the span of a man’s life as he encounters life changing scenarios where he just doesn’t want to see his girl go.

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It hits the heart and stays within your soul long after you hear it, which makes it one of Tim’s best.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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