Tim McGraw, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”

Tim McGraw, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”

I love the song. It’s a wry twist on the “I’m poor, but rich because I have you” nonsense that often passes for a love song in country music. He’s reveling in the freedom of having nothing to lose, and has no problem telling the girl by his side: “I’m so glad you’re here today, ’cause tomorrow I may have to go and fly away.”

Two things that keep the song from completely soaring, though: The “ha ha ha” chant – which isn’t even annoyingly catchy, just annoying – and the vocal distortion in the bridge. McGraw is usually better at letting the song just shine, but there are a few too many production tricks here.

Grade: B

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89 Responses to Tim McGraw, “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”

  1. Hey Kevin, I’ve been reading your blog ever since I helped start up The 9513. Being the Tim McGraw fan that I am, I had to go check out the single and was disappointed to find that your assessment was right on.

    The vocal distortion reminded of the end of Gary Allan’s “He Can’t Quit Her”, but it actually works in that song. In concert, he busts out a bullhorn to give it the same effect. Anyways, keep up the great posts.

  2. I’m a big Tim fan, too, but this one let me down. Not so much because it’s not a good song, but that it tries to be too gimmicky, and the extra elements end up distracting from the song.

    I remember Patty Loveless once saying that it was her job as a singer to not get in the way of the song, which to me, has always perfectly articulated what I like about my favorite country artists.

    Thanks for the feedback. The 9513 looks cool. You definitely do a better job staying up on the news than I do!

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  5. katie

    i love this song

  6. andreaNo Gravatar

    i love this song, im a huge fan of Tim Mcgraw and i think this is deff. something different from tim and i like it…. shows he’s not all the same like keith urban

  7. JasonNo Gravatar

    This song rocks, you’re an idiot.

  8. SallieNo Gravatar

    Tim is a Father and a Husband. He never fails to affectionately and publicly show his love for his family. This is a playful tune, and when we hear it on the radio, my 3 boys & I rattle the ice off the windows here in the north!

  9. TaylorNo Gravatar

    i love this song! i really like it at the end when all the kids sing with u! its really cool!

  10. Jon and IanNo Gravatar

    LOVE THIS SONG!!! CANT STOP SINGING IT

  11. michelleNo Gravatar

    My daughter and I love this song and cant wait for the album to come out. My daughter sings the song everyday

  12. JTNo Gravatar

    although i agree that tim does not show off his vocal talents in this song i still cant get enough of it. its very catchy and has good meaning to it.

    It obviously doesnt have the typical tim mcraw sound to it, but its following a trend that is influencing todays country music. I believe this song is written by big kenny of ‘big and rich’. And once you know that you can definatley pick up the big and rich feel it has. They know how to make a hit, and this will be yet another.

    save a horse….

  13. I love Fly away Ashley

  14. It was gret and good

  15. AyreanNo Gravatar

    That song is perfect.

  16. katieNo Gravatar

    Great song I just love it

  17. Me

    I Love this song. The ha-ha-ha ha isnt that bad. It kind of works on you after a little. Its a song dont get too technical.

  18. AustinNo Gravatar

    I love this song and cant stop listening to it. I am a huge fan of him and his songs.
    I love when his kids sing with him. His kids sing really good to.

    Always,
    Austin

  19. chrisNo Gravatar

    That “Last Dollar” Song…SSSUUUUCCCKKKSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I mean it SUCKS BALLS!!!……The kids are cute but the song SUCKS….Realy bad writing on whoever wrote that crap….

  20. Mark NunneryNo Gravatar

    hey man i thtink it is a good song and i like how it is

  21. KaylaNo Gravatar

    I don’t see why some people don’t like this song ! I mean it has that kind of twist in it and I can’t stop singing along with it ! I like the last part when his daughters sing

  22. CaitlinNo Gravatar

    I luv Last dollar me and my friends might sing it for the talent show

  23. kelsey

    looooove it

  24. Paul W DennisNo Gravatar

    If you consider the apparent target audience – pre-teens – it is not terrible. As an adult, I think this is the worst single Tim has ever released other than that misguided duet he did with Nelly . This one gets a C- or D+ from me

  25. During my basketball practice….. my friends and i get the song stuck in our heads and sing it aloud! we start swishing baskets and like omg, we like won all of our tourneys because we sing it before all of them! I just think it influences kids my age, (12-13) to not be bums and get out and help their community and everything. That song ROX!!!!!

  26. SarNo Gravatar

    i think this is a good song

  27. Bernice

    Love this song and so do my kids!

  28. JerriNo Gravatar

    I love the song! Its really fun to sing and it always makes me feel good! So those of you that don’t like it, you’re missing out! Stop over analyzing every dang thing and just enjoy life will ya???

  29. JimmyNo Gravatar

    I love this song!!! Can someone please tell me when his new CD is coming out, cause i want it really bad!

  30. Lucas

    I love this song A ALOT

  31. i love tim mcgraw too. he plays in flika and it was soooo good bye

  32. Kara

    I LOVE this song it’s AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Ashley

    i love this song i listen 2 it all the time i cant get enough of it!

  34. gummy

    this is truly one of those moments when I wonder if I am in a twilight zone episode. This is one of the worst songs of all time. I expected everyone else in the world to share this opinion, but to hear people not only don’t hate this song, but some people actually love it. Have any of you that love this song actually listened to the lyrics? “All my friends are always giving me watches, hats, and wine that’s how I know this is serious that how I know it’s time” “There’s nothing that’s worth keeping me from places I should go, from happy-ville to lovin-land, gonna tour from coast to coast” Those have to be the most worthless lyrics ever penned. When I first heard this song I thought it was the cheesiest thing I had ever heard and was dying to know the hack that sang it, only to find out that someone that I respect, Tim McGraw was signing it. I can’t believe Alan Jackson let this one pass by, maybe he’ll cover it.

  35. LarryNo Gravatar

    Its awesome song can’t wait till it is released so I can get it already preordered it wish i knew away to get it sooner i can listen to it on the web but want to bne able to listen to it other places oh well will have to wait. Further more the lyrics are awesome material things don’t mean anything people that don’t like the song must be very aterlistic.

  36. Bob

    I LUV this song!!!!!!!! But does anyone when it will come out on Itunes??????

  37. I thought Tim was brilliant in his production of this song. I can’t wait to buy his daughter’s CD’s. They have obviously been blessed with the same musical ability their parents have. Good luch and best wishes to the McGraw/Hill family.

  38. andrewNo Gravatar

    OMG I TOTOLY LUV THIS SONG IT IS THE BEST SONG THAT I LKED BY TIM

  39. andrewNo Gravatar

    THAT SONG IS THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOL

  40. andrewNo Gravatar

    I KNOW HE IS BROKE A THE TIME BUT HE IS THE BOMB

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  42. mike

    Perfet song. Beautiful. Couldn’t be any better.

  43. kylee

    the songs good but the part when the kids sing gets annoying i still love the song
    ~kylee~

  44. Smashley

    gummy what r u thinking i love this song its my favorite even if some of the lyrics r sketchy the meanings awesome about hes poor but he feels like he has everything as long as he has her hes rich i mean come on how can it get better than that?

  45. luv adam

    i totally love this song its my favotite

  46. Amy

    this is my favorite song of all time! i dont care what everyone says i love the lyrics!

  47. Dont like Tim,…..Good song C+

  48. Kristi KalinNo Gravatar

    I love the song. And, given the fact that the McGraws are so public about their devotion toward the sanctity of their family, and the fact that their little girls sing in the song (darling, darling, darling!!!), it makes me wonder about the interpretation of the lyrics. Is it possible that Mr. McGraw isn’t singing about a woman, but rather, of fame and fortune? He started with nothing, has been blessed by opportunity (his beautiful set of wings), but in the end he realizes that this isn’t what defines him–that he has no “thing” that holds him back. In the meantime, however, he’s having fun, hence the “ha-ha-ha.” Would he have his girls sing a song about guy who’s so flippant about his romantic relationship?

  49. AllyNo Gravatar

    How can any body say that they hate him or the song it is the best keep up the great work did i menchion i love it this is a song nobody that is real can hate it has the perfect twist but to me it is A+

  50. Bailey

    i totally luv this song it is like totally the best i evur heard omg i love it :)
    ~!*Bailey*!~

  51. ShayLynn

    i like this song but i still like its your love by Tim better its my favorite song but i still love him lots. He is one of my favorite artists! but i dont really like Faith Hill his wife. cuz of the way she acted at the cma awards.
    =3 ShayLynn =3

  52. Nealigator

    I’m with Gummy on this one. HATED it when I first heard it. It just doesn’t make sense.

    It is a catchy tune, but the gimmics, blowhorn, kids, Kids with SEVERE country accents? Did he put them in because he thought the song wouldn’t survive on its own?

    And just why are his friends always giving him watches, hats, and wine? “that’s how I know this is serious that how I know it’s time” HUH????

    I thought at first that he lost everything in a divorce and now that he was poor, he was singing to his ex… Oh and that he went INSANE.

    This song moved from an F to a C- because of the catchy tune that is growing on me, but I still am not going to rush out to buy this song.

  53. dear tim i love your song i cani’t get it out of my head and i will not i will see you later i hope you look ausome since i seen you the last time i saw you in a picture oh yeah i almost forgot you did very good in that movie FLICKA i loved i am a horse freak thats what my mom and dad says ANN NASH and RALPH NASH i steel remember old alson mariea and you i love it well see ya later by

  54. gummy

    I agree it is a catchy song, but so was “don’t worry be happy”. I am a Tim McGraw fan, it just blew my mind when I realized he was the one singing this, it just seemed to cheesy to be real. Great melody, catchy hook, horrible lyrics, I can’t get past it. That doesn’t mean I haven’t hummed it in the shower, just how can you sing those lyrics with a straight face? This song was written in less time than it took me to write this post.

  55. sammi

    love the song reminds me of my granddaughters singing with their dad who recently passed away

  56. Soccer fan8

    well, gummy maybe there not supposed to sing the song with a straight face its a happy loving life kinda song not goth. its the best song is me and my friends favorite i cant see why u guys just dont totally love it! its the best evur! I LOVE IT! i just cant get enough and i bet he took a while to write the song. i mean doesnt everyone? i mean who cares about the lyrics its the meaning am i right how hes poor but rich cuz he has her. i mean can it get better than that?
    *Ashley* #8

  57. love your song it rocks i like the part where the kids sing it it is cute and i a’m a kid to i loved it it is cool cool cool love it well see u later bye

  58. ilove your song me and my friends love it to and you played in flicka i loved it it was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good well bye

  59. Heh,….ohh wow somebody has a crush on Tim :D (Emily woodrum)

  60. LoganNo Gravatar

    That is the best song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  61. MackenzieNo Gravatar

    Tim McGraw my mom thinks your so awesome at singin.She went to one of your concerts and she touched you.Cause she was in the first row.

    :-)

  62. Sara

    I love song. I work with a lot of liitle kids and they sing the song every day. U say one and they start the song. It is so cute to here them sing it.

  63. brittney alderman

    hey how are you i am good i love th songe you have it is the best song i lis5ten to every day

  64. Francesca

    I love this song so much – i can´stop singing it…
    it´s so sweet when tims girls sing on the end: 1- 2- 3- like a bird i sing…
    i can´t wait to buy tims new record!

  65. soccer gurl 8

    i really really like this song its my favorite. me & my friends always listen 2 it& sing to it. we also like his other songs. lik eits your love by tim& Faith that one i totally recomend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    @$hley

  66. HAPPY MAY DAY!!!!!!!!

    OMG i like totally luv this song it is like me and all my best friends favorite song!!!Happy May Day every1 again this is r fav. song

  67. luv soccer 4 eva

    i really really raelly really really really really really luv this song it is my total favorite!!!!!!!! The Best Song Evur!!!!!!!!
    #8

  68. I love your new cd!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. JillNo Gravatar

    i luv luv luv this song it rocks my world espically at the end when his kids r singing!!!!

  70. JanetNo Gravatar

    I love this song. It rocks! My 4 year old granddaughter sings this song, she told me to get this song for her and I had not heard it yet. I finally got to hear it and I agree with my granddaughter Angel it is a great song. Thank you, Janet

  71. AnnaNo Gravatar

    I love this song but my 4 year old brother will not stop singing it

  72. AleciaNo Gravatar

    My 5 year old loves this song, not to mention myself! Keep up the great work.

  73. KEVIN

    Let it go, I love this song

  74. Amanda

    i luv hearing this song when ever it comes on!it is cute when yur kids sing it with u!!!!!!!!! keep those good songs coming!!

  75. I think it is a good song. It is also cute with his little kids being in it. I rate it an A.

  76. stephanie

    i luv it!!!!!!!!

  77. sam

    I love this song every time i here it it makes me cry. I also love the way you sing it.

  78. i still love him (adam)

    omg i lik etotally love this song and so do my friends!!!!!!!!! even though its old we still love it

  79. all hte people in my class love this song
    It’s an encreadible song. I don’t see why Chris hates it’s so much if he hates it why did he come on this site.

    I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo MUCH!!!!!!!!!
    i listen to it every night in bed and i’m always so happy when this song comes on keep fly’in Tim!!!!!!

  80. no name

    this song totally rocks omg

  81. JoelNo Gravatar

    This song is the best….my 4 year old son rocks to this song all day long…..

    I love it!

  82. heartbroken aka ashley

    this song is more than a song it picks me up when im down it can always turn me around it sends me spinning in the air free with out a care even when i am hurt it makes me happy like a dessert even though i cry htis song makes me wanna touch the sky well thats actually a poem about my old boyfriend but id like to hear what u htink about it

  83. Leeann

    I hated this song when I first heard it and subsequent times after. It grew on me though. I don’t like the kids singing at the end. Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, but this didn’t work for me on this particular song.

  84. Michael

    this is a great song but they never play it anymore:(

  85. What’s up. Wee loveee urrr song!!

  86. Jessica

    I Loooooove this song!!!!!!!!!! You people are CRAZY that don’t like this song It’s AWESOME! I like it at the end when his daughters sing it! It is so cute. This is my favorite song that he sings. It sucks that it is NEVER on the radio anymore. They are CRAZY sense they don’t put it on he radio any more.

  87. Jessica

    I would listen to this song all the time if I could. I mean this song ROCKS. The radio SUCKS and I mean SUCKS sence they don’t never put this song on. Who cares if it is old. Other people LOVE this song like I do. The radio station is a dumb ass sence they never put the song on.