Retro Single Review: Tim McGraw, “Down on the Farm”

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August 1, 2011

1994 | Peak: #2

How refreshing as it is to hear a country pride anthem that actually has country instrumentation and twangy singing.

That being said, this is plain terrible.  Tim does his best to sell it, but “Down on the Farm” is clear evidence of how little clout this man had with songwriters at this junction in his career.

Written by Jerry Laseter and Kerry Kurt Phillips

Grade: C-

Listen: Down on the Farm

 

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  1. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    Ha. It’s awful, but I still don’t hate it (read: I kind of like it).

  2. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    When I saw the beginning of the video, my first thought was “Billy Ray Cyrus called. He wants his shirt back.”

    This song is so awesomely stupid.

  3. Kevin John CoyneNo Gravatar says:

    There really is an endearing earnestness to it. If the man hadn’t gone on to record “Please Remember Me” and the like, I might have a bit more affection for its value as a mid-nineties novelty.

  4. Kyle WardNo Gravatar says:

    This song was the Big Green Tractor of its day. Utterly inane lyrics, but yet charming and strangely listenable.

  5. bobNo Gravatar says:

    I have it on his first greatest hits collection but it never made it to my i-tunes library.

  6. lisaNo Gravatar says:

    i love this song. i give it A

  7. RussellNo Gravatar says:

    This song annoys me too. It’s an automatic skip when listening to his Greatest Hits album for me.

  8. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    After hearing that song…

    I don’t want to have to use the term “cornpone”, but that’s what it sounded like to me.

  9. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar says:

    This is random, but the word “cornpone” always makes me think of that off-color line in the movie Hannibal.

    Not a big fan of this song either, though I do like it a little more than McGraw’s two previous singles.

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