Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Share the Story Behind ‘Speak to a Girl’ [Watch]
Speaking as a father of three daughters and brother to two sisters, McGraw says the song is a personal one. "The message of the song is just so profound. It just meant a lot to both of us I think about what it said," he shares. "And the day and age that we live in, sometimes in all the noise, how you speak to someone person-to-person and face-to-face gets lost."
Wife and duet partner Hill agrees, adding that the track is all about how people interact. "It's really about how we communicate period in general as human beings. We just have to speak the truth, it's as simple as that, you either lie or you speak the truth," she says.
But for Hill, the song also features another layer, one that explores what it means to be honest while also respecting women with lyrics like, "She don't really care how you're spending your money / It's all how you treat her / She just wants a friend to be there when she opens her eyes in the morning / She wants you to say what you mean and mean everything that you're saying."
"It's important that we be honest with one another as people," the singer says. "I think one of the greatest gifts a father can give his daughter or daughters is a lesson in how he speaks to their mom."
McGraw also sees multilayers to the song, saying that "Speak to a Girl" — and music in general — has the power to make the listener reflect on their own emotions, maybe those they didn't realize they're experiencing.
"You can sing a song and tell somebody how you feel, but if you can tell somebody how they feel and they didn't know they felt that way until they heard you say it, then you've got a home run," he explains. "And that's what music does; not just this song, but that's what music does in general, it gives people a way to communicate in a way that they might not have without that sort of song."
"Speak to a Girl" is now available for streaming on Spotify. The superstar couple debuted the song live during the 2017 ACM Awards. They are also set to release their first-ever joint album in 2017, and they launched their massive 2017 Soul2Soul Tour on Friday night (April 7).
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