Leave it up to Tim McGraw to put together a thoughtful, prospective song about the future and it still be an absolute banger.
The tune was written by Phil Vassar then recorded by the country music singer, who really made it his own and added a graceful touch to the song’s lyrics. McGraw recorded the song in 1999, then brought it out of the 90’s and into the new millennium with his album A Place in the Sun.
“My Next Thirty Years” was released on this date in the year 2000 as the final single from the project. McGraw fans and country music lovers alike appreciated the song, quickly sending the song to the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot Country Single chart.
The tune even reached as high as number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, showing that the song’s positive message transcended the country genre it was released in. And as far as the message goes, the upbeat rhythm of the track pairs perfectly with the lyrics that McGraw sings celebrating a 30th birthday and looking forward to all the things the next 30 years will bring.
A lot of the lyrics sing about growing up and making more wise decisions, such as substituting beers for the occasional lemonade (though that won’t help the sugar intake Tim).
The song is retrospective in parts, but mainly looks towards what the future could bring. “My Next Thirty Years” begins with:
“I think I’ll take a moment, celebrate my age The ending of an era, and the turning of a page Now it’s time to focus in on where I go from here Lord, have mercy on my next 30 years
In my next 30 years, I’m gonna have some fun Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears And I’ll do it better in my next 30 years”
Though the song specific, it can definitely be translated to really any major milestone moment of one’s life. Looking back to see what can be changed and improved on is always a mature thing to do as you grow older, and McGraw set the tone with a song that you can always fire up when you are in the mood to scan through the past and look towards the future.