How I'll Always Be

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"How I'll Always Be"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Damn Country Music
Released November 7, 2016
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:33
Label Big Machine
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Tim McGraw singles chronology

"Humble and Kind"
(2016)
"How I'll Always Be"
(2016)
"May We All"
(2016)

Peaked @ #70 on January 14, 2017

Tim McGraw sings here of his roots and preference for the simpler things in life. When the Louisiana-raised singer first heard the Jeremy Stover, Chris Janson and Jamie Paulin penned tune, it painted a picture for him of his home community.

"It was very reminiscent of my hometown, where I grew up," he told Taste of Country. "There was a cotton gin in my hometown. I worked in bean fields and cotton fields and rice fields as a kid. Some of my earliest memories were sort of that visual of that song."

Music video

Lyrics

I'm a little more beer bottle beer joint than a fancy bar
I'm a little more sitting up high on the road than a little car
I'm a little more 'bust ya back' than 'take it for free'
And that's how I'll always be

I'm a little more 'lose my temper' than to sit on back
I'm a little more ol' Hank Williams than that trendy crap
I love a flat wood ol' front porch made of an old oak tree
That's how I'll always be

I'll always be a fan of ol' stray dogs and guitars playin'
One room churches, back road walks and front porch swingin'
Sunset skies, bonfire nights; I love the simple things
That's how I'll always be

I got friends that say I live a little like Cool Hand Luke
Fast cars and motorcycles, raisin' hell in cowboy boots
But, hey, on Sunday morning I'll take the back row seat
That's how I'll always be

I'll always be a fan of ol' stray dogs and guitars playin'
One room churches, back road walks and front porch swingin'
Sunset skies, bonfire nights; I love the simple things
That's how I'll always be

I'm a fan of chert rock bouncing off a Chevy fender
That feelin' that you get the first time she lets ya kiss her
Rusty roofs that rattle when the rain is fallin' down
Handshake deals, fresh cut hay fields, and hometowns

I'll always be a fan of ol' stray dogs and guitars playin'
One room churches, back road walks and front porch swingin'
Sunset skies, bonfire nights; I love the simple things
That's how I'll always be
That's how I'll always be
That's how I'll always be
That's how I'll always be


Weekly charts

Chart (2016-2017) Peak
position
November 5, 2016 99
November 12, 2016 89
November 19, 2016 89
November 26, 2016 88
December 3, 2016 88
December 10, 2016 87
December 17, 2016 93
December 24, 2016 88
December 31, 2016 85
January 7, 2017 78
January 14, 2017 70
January 21, 2017 70

Tim McGraw singles Chris Janson