Where The Green Grass Grows

Album: Everywhere (1997)
Charted: 79

Songfacts®:

  • In this fiddle-led tune from Tim McGraw's fourth studio album, the Louisiana-born country singer longs to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and return to a simpler life in the country, "where the green grass grows." Released as the album's fifth single, it was a #1 hit on the Country chart.
  • This was written by country songwriters Craig Wiseman and Jess Leary, who were inspired by their simultaneous need for a change of scenery. Leary was on the hunt for lakefront property in her native Massachusetts, while Wiseman and his wife were also in search of a quiet piece of land away from the city. "So there was a little bit of that feeling of, 'Man, the city's wearing me out, it's kinda good to get back to some kind of roots thing,'" Wiseman explained in Jake Brown's 2014 book, Nashville Songwriter. "So we both had some of that going on and were trying to touch on that - a little bit of being tired of the urban thing, and simplicity appealing to you again."
  • Wiseman wrote a handful of other tunes for McGraw, including the #1 Country hits "The Cowboy in Me" and "Live Like You Were Dying." Leary went on to co-write Jana Kramer's "I Won't Give Up," a Top 10 hit on the Country Digital chart in 2011.
  • Everywhere marked Tim McGraw's transition into the country-pop realm, notably with "It's Your Love," his duet with new wife Faith Hill, that landed in the top 10 of the Hot 100.

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