ToC Critic’s Pick: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, ‘Speak to a Girl’ [Listen]
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's new duet "Speak to a Girl" is a powerful reminder before it's a great country song. Their new single — the first from an upcoming collaborative album — is important.
It also sounds like a message from two parents to their daughters. Hill opens "Speak to a Girl," letting us know that a woman will value matters of the heart before matters of the wallet. Her opening lyric ("She don’t give a damn ‘bout your Benjamin Franklins / She wants Aretha") deserves an award, and from there she pushes the baton to McGraw, who echoes her sentiment.
The song's hook is Hill's vocals. This is mid-90s Faith Hill not just reaching for notes, but pulling them down from the sky with ease. McGraw sits back during the bridge and final chorus, letting his wife shine for the first time in nearly a decade. "Speak to a Girl" isn't melodic and hooky, but the duo's performance still grabs one by the neck in the warmest way possible.
Did You Know?: McGraw and Hill have never a joint album, even though both have appeared on the other's records. They're now signed to Sony Music Nashville.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Speak to a Girl" Lyrics:
Hill: She don’t give a damn ‘bout your Benjamin Franklins / She wants Aretha / 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.
Cause that’s how you talk to a woman / That’s how you speak to a girl / That’s how you get with a lady who’s worth more than anything in your whole world / You better respect your mama / Respect the hell out of her / Cause that’s how you talk to a woman and that’s how you speak to a girl.
McGraw: She don’t give a damn ‘bout your pride or the lies that you’re hiding behind / She just wants to feel that your real, that she’s near to the man that’s inside / She don’t need to hear she’s a queen on a throne that she’s more than amazing / She wants you to say what you mean and mean everything that you’re saying.
Both: That’s how you speak to, speak to her / That’s how speak to, speak to her.