The Daughters

Album: Nightfall (2019)
  • "The Daughters" is a poignant song about the plight of women growing up who are told what to do and how to look throughout their lives. LBT's Karen Fairchild wrote the tune with Sean McConnell and Ashley Ray.
  • The video, directed by Dano Cerny, was shot in a late 1940s Portland, Tennessee gymnasium. It features a contemporary dance troupe who perform in muted lighting while Little Big Town sing the song. The routine was created by Los Angeles-based choreographer Andrew Winghart, who has worked with pop singer Lorde in the past.
  • Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has a daughter named Daisy with her husband, Stephen, while her bandmate Phillip Sweet and his wife Rebecca have a daughter named Penelopi. Schlapman told WGNA's Brian & Chrissy in the Morning that the track's subject matter is something the band really care about.

    "This song is about daughters and just teaching girls to believe in yourself and you can do anything," she said. "Traditionally, women haven't had the freedom to do everything maybe that they've always dreamed of - but we do."
  • The empowering ballad was written as a message of hope for the future.

    And pose like a trophy on a shelf
    Dream for everyone but not yourself
    I've heard of God the Son and God the Father
    I'm still looking for a God for the daughters


    "This song is about the laundry list of expectations and longstanding traditions that are place on women," Fairchild explained to CMT. "It's about equality. It's about hope for our children and what their view of the world will be. It's not about a lack of believing in God, or God's love for girls."
  • A second video was released a week later that extends the narrative of the "Dancers Cut." The new version adds retrospective story lines that follows a female high school student from the 1950s, 1980s, and current day. Each refuse to follow society's expectations and instead take their own path. The same lead actress portrays the three high schoolers.
  • Little Big Town kick off the song with a pointed verse about the different standards that are put on women compared with men, and how the pressure to look good starts at an early age.

    Girl, shoulders back and stand up straight
    Girl, watch your mouth and watch your weight


    Little Big Town explained to Genius: "There is something I think about the way we grew up of like, don't forget to put your lipstick on and get cleaned up before you come in and look good. Look good, stand up straight, all those things and that's what that lyric, the reason why we start the song like that."
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