Tim McGraw: Don't Take the Girl Meaning
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Don't Take the Girl Lyrics
Johnny's daddy was taking him fishin'
When he was eight years old.
Little girl came through the front gate
holdin' a fishin' pole.
His dad looked down and smiled,
said, "We can't leave her behind"
"Son, I know you don't want her to...
anonymous Nov 21st 2012, 12:24 report
Johnny doesn't want god(father) to take his mother(the girl) but he can take any of his stuffed animals (his friends).
anonymous Jul 4th 2012, 09:24 report
That is the literal thinking behind the song. I mean that is just common sense to begin with. The song literally says everything you just said. There are deeper meanings behind a lot of songs and in this case we need to look at the contexual way. What is in the context...
1: A Boy does not like a girl and doesnt want to be with her. He asks for things he wants like his friends to make sure she does not go.
2: As he grows up or matures he is not offering friends to take her place, instead he is offering material things because he does not care about what he "HAS" being the watch,wallet,and the car.
3: He grows up more and in order to save his love he cannot sacrifice material things or friends. He must sacrifice himself to God to save her.
By these three points I have come to 2 conclutions and I have yet to really come up with the detailed interpreation but here are my 2 ideas.
1: When we grow up, we mature not only in body but in personality and in morals. We go from chldren who care about themselves (preferring friends over others). When we grow up in adolescence we believe that we can bribe or offer material objects to get what we want (keys,wallet and watch for his girls safety). And finally as we mature to the point when we have families. We have to strength to not ask things for ourselves or bribe, but the strength to sacrifice ourselves for the ones we care about.
That is the first and most likely meaning but I have another that is not as caring but instead kind of conscientious reason.
2: As children everyone has more power then you but in the song it specifically states that Johny's father has the power. As you grow up you have more responcbility because other people do have less power to control you. To control you they have to have a good reason to do so. In johny's case the man would have been able to control him because he had a gun to the girl's head. But when you are all grown up you almost control yourself and every decision you make. Johny had even more responciblity for his family because there was nobody around with the power to tell him what to do. This was his family so he had the only power to know what to do.
Those are my 2 theme ideas. Obviously number one is more relevent and makes more sense but number 2 is still an option. A theme about sacrifice/morals or the theme about power/responcibility.
anonymous Aug 31st 2011, 23:19 report
I believe this song is about someone not wanting to get to know some else but then as time goes by they start to fall for each other. After some more time goes by one of them is dying and the other not wanting to lose other.
This is how I interpret the lyrics:
At first the guy (Johnny)- when he was little - didn't want his dad to take the little girl from next door with them during the father/son time. He didn't care if his father took any other boy or person with them, just not the girl.
"Take Jimmy Johnson, take Tommy Thompson.
Take my best friend, Bo. Take anybody that you want as long as she don't go. Take any boy in the world, daddy please, don't take the girl."
But as goes by, they start dating each other. Then one night while on a date, someone tries to rob them while grabbing the girl and putting a gun to her head. Johnny didn't if he took his wallet, the keys to car, the watch his grandfather gave him. Things of value. Even something that was valuable to him. As long as the girl was safe. because that's all that mattered to him. Her safety.
"Stranger came and pulled a gun. Grabbed her by the arm said "If you do what I tell you to do, there won't be any harm"
And Johnny said "Take my money, take my wallet, take my credit cards. Here's the watch that my grandpa gave me. Here's the key to my car. Mister give it a whirl,
But please don't take the girl."
More time passes and they are starting a family of their own. But something goes wrong. The baby boy was safe but his mother was fading fast - dying. Johnny didn't care about his life as long as she was safe again. So he prayed to God to - if need be - take him instead of her.
"Doctor says the baby's fine, but you'll have to leave. 'Cause his momma's fading fast and Johnny hit his knees and there he prayed."Take the very breath you gave me.
Take the heart from my chest.
I'll gladly take her place if you'll let me, make this my last request.
Take me out of this world. God, please don't take the girl"
anonymous Aug 31st 2011, 22:01 report
I love this song so much but I am confused by the ending, because I always took it as the girl dies during labor however at the end of the song on the video it shows her with them
anonymous Jul 7th 2011, 20:04 report
I think it's about a little girl dying..
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