Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard
Written by Tyler Hubbard and Chris Loocke
This is three minutes of sparkling sincerity.
I was not prepared to like this as much as I did, and I think that I know why. Usually, songs with a “big message” are given a “big production” to match, pronouncing to the world that this record is important.
“Undivided” doesn’t bother with any of that. It’s breezy and simply presented. To borrow a phrase from the new president, it “lowers the temperature.” That goes with the message of the song, which interestingly opens with a tale of regret: not being a friend to a bullied seventh grader who is implied to be gay.
The thesis here is that if we start on the immediate level, being open and understanding to those different than us in our daily lives, it will pay off with national unity in the end. It’s spectacularly naïve. But so is every other song about peace, love, and understanding.
You can’t save the world in three minutes. But you can help nudge it in the right direction. Kudos to both men for putting in the effort, and doing it with such a charming record.