If you’re not a big Swiftie, you may not have realized that this year was the 15th anniversary of Taylor Swift‘s debut single, “Tim McGraw.”
The song was released on June 19, 2006, and she’s been pretty much unstoppable ever since.
As somebody who’s not a huge Taylor Swift fan (especially since her switch to pop), even I can appreciate how good “Tim McGraw” was.
And somebody else who appreciates it? Well, Tim McGraw.
The namesake of the song posted a video on TikTok recently talking about the first time he heard the song and how it felt having a song like that written about you:
“The first time I heard that song was the demo of it.
At first I was like, ‘Man, have I gotten to that point in my career where people are writing songs with my name in the title? What does that mean? Does that mean that I’ve sort of like, I’ve jumped the shark already?'”
Now, I would say this was a fair question since Taylor’s song came out the year after Tim released “Do You Want Fries With That,” but luckily he rebounded nicely to prove that he hadn’t, in fact, jumped the shark.
“Then I heard that she had written it in math class when she was like 14 years old, so that made me feel a little bit better that she had written it so young.”
Obviously the song was a compliment to Tim and the part that his music played in memories for so many, so Tim was appreciative of the tribute – and Taylor’s talent:
“I was honored, and I’m still honored by that song.
I still think that Taylor’s just one of those rare, rare artists that come along. She’s so incredible and I’m a huge fan of Taylor’s. Everybody at our house is.
She’s been beautiful and wonderful to our family and we think the world of her so, right on Taylor, congratulations.”