Tim McGraw posted a video clip to Instagram and shared his favorite lines in his new “Standing Room Only” single. Tim said in the clip, “I love every line in the song; there’s not a wasted syllable in that song. I love ‘now and then on nights like this I catch a thunderbolt’ cause it reminds me of playing live. Those nights when everything’s perfect, and the crowd’s into [it], and the sound sounds great, and the band is playing great. You’re singing great and everything just sort of comes alive.”
He adds, “Those are the nights that keep you going for the next night. You can do two or three nights where it doesn’t feel that way. And then you live for that one night where the stars all align, and that’s what that line means to me.”
McGraw continues, “The other line that I like is ‘Mama’s front porch when I’m lost and lonely.’ That’s something that everyone can relate to, and that’s something that brings you back around to who you are.”
The first verse of “Standing Room Only” includes the lyrics, “I get so mad at things that don’t matter way too much / I let the way back when’s and my old friends scatter like they were dust / I get to chasin’ that rainbow pot of gold right into the pourin’ rain / With nothin’ to show for it, standin’ there soakin’ wet / Lookin’ up shakin’ my fist as the thunder rolls / Now and then on nights like this I catch a thunderbolt.”
The chorus includes the lyrics, “I wanna live a life, live a life / Like a dollar and the clock on the wall don’t own me / Shine a light, shine a light / Like mama’s front porch when I’m lost and lonely / Start forgivin’ and start forgettin’ / Be somebody that’s worth rememberin’ / Live a life so when I die / There’s standing room only, standing room only / Standing room only, standing room only.”
The new song is the title track from McGraw’s forthcoming 17th studio album, due later this year on Big Machine Records.