“Humble and Kind”
Written by Lori McKenna
There are a lot of great songs about parents wishing their kids find happiness and success. Some, like “I Hope You Dance,” have even become standards.
But what I love most about “Humble and Kind” is that the parent isn’t wishing their child find success. It’s assumed that they will. What this parent wishes for their child surrounds how they handle their success: Be humble. Be kind. Say please. Say thank you.
And my personal favorite: Turn back around, and help the next person in line. The underlying message is that success is meaningless without service, and that goals aren’t worth achieving unless accompanied by gratitude.
It’s a beautiful coda to parenthood itself, hoping that the child who is your legacy leaves one of their own as well.
Tim McGraw delivers this Lori McKenna-penned tune with his usual dignity and grace, and the combination of their talents on this particular record is predictably powerful. Both the artist and songwriter have embodied these qualities throughout their distinguished careers, and though they’ve both been around a very long time, “Humble and Kind” deserves inclusion in any list of either’s greatest work.