Tim McGraw has been teasing his newest music for weeks as Mother's Day weekend has been quickly approaching.
The country singer employed the help of his followers to bring a forthcoming video to life.
The “I Called Mama” song and lyric finally debuted on Friday, May 8.
The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Tim McGraw’s “I Called Mama”—which is his first release since re-signing with Big Machine Records at the beginning of 2020—is officially here.
As a refresher, on April 23, Tim asked his Instagram followers to send in videos of their mothers for potential use in a forthcoming “I Called Mama” project.
On Friday, May 8, Tim released the song itself, along with a simple lyric video to accompany the song.
Fast forward to today—after a few teasers between then and now—and fans of the 53-year-old country singer finally get to hear the final song.
While the black-and-white sketched lyric video is a bit difficult to decipher, there are a couple of moments within the lyrical-overlay that stand out—namely, snaps of Tim’s mother and a panned moment of him hugging his wife of more than 20 years, Faith Hill.
Imagery aside, Tim’s vocals—as always—captured our attention without fail. The song kicks off with receiving bad news, and that leading him to know exactly what he needed to do. Tim sings:
I thought of home / Grabbed my phone from my pocket / And I called mama / It rang a couple times and she picked up / I can always hear her smile when I call / I just called to tell you that I loved you / I was missing you and dad and home, that’s all / I got to really thinking this morning, about what’s important.
As heartfelt as Tim’s vocals are, he didn’t actually write the lyrics—Lance Miller, Marv Green, and Jimmy Yeary are to thank for that—nor did he initially plan for it to be a single. In fact, it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic kicked into full gear that they decided to switch it from being an album cut to a much-needed single.
“I fell in love with it right away, certainly, because of what it says on a personal level about, you know, everybody loves their mama, so to talk really specifically about calling your mom and everything that is said in it made a lot of sense to me,” he shared in an interview with The Boot. “But then when all of this sort of upheaval in the world came along, it really started making more and more sense that this song really meant a different thing in a lot of ways. There was a lot of carrying a lot of weight along with it, and as you listen to it and you think about the personal level… when the world changed, it was hard to ignore."
Needless to say, as soon as the song and lyric video went live, fans from all over the world felt the same and started weighing in. “What I wouldn't give to be able to call my mama again!” one listener typed during the live release on YouTube. “I loved this so much! I am going to call my mama right now!” another chimed in.
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