Song of the Day #157: ‘I Know How to Love You Well’ – Tim McGraw

mcgrawOK, I’m throwing caution to the wind and going with my third theme week in a row. And the unsentimental among you might want to skip the next seven days.

You see, today is the birthday of my beloved wife. So to honor the occasion, I’m highlighting seven of my favorite love songs today through Saturday.

I’m starting with a Tim McGraw song from his Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors album, which Alex bought several years ago for one reason or another. She’s a big Tim McGraw fan, which I find very funny because I wouldn’t expect a Miami-bred Cuban girl to be so country. But I’m always teasing her about being much whiter than I am when it comes to taste in music and television.

That said, I happen to agree that this is a great album. It is more country than I typically go for but it has a whole bunch of well-written songs and the production is top-notch. I also like McGraw himself because he’s an unapologetic Democrat in a Republican’s genre and because he’s an excellent actor, turning in poignant, memorable performances in Friday Night Lights (the movie) and The Kingdon.

This is a good old-fashioned country love song, and I think it’s the perfect tune for today. Happy birthday, my love!

It’s been a long time
Since we walked that aisle together
And you became my wife
And who would’ve thought
You would fall for someone just like me
For the best days of my life

I may not be a poet
Cause I ain’t so good on words
I may not stand before you
Like a knight in shining armor
I may not be the best of singers
There’s better guys Ive heard
But I know how to love
I know how to love you well

You got your faults
And I don’t need to tell you I’ve got mine
Well I guess they all even out
Wherever I ride
The thought of you turns water into wine
And somehow I lose a crowd

I may not drive a fancy car
I don’t know what it’s for
I may not be the one
Who gets to shower you in diamonds
I may not be a rich man
But you can’t call me poor
Cause I know how to love
I know how to love you well

As we skip the light fandango
From that old jukebox by the bar
Now honey, don’t it make you wonder
How we ever got this far

I may not be a poet
Cause I ain’t got much to say
I may not stand before you
Like that knight in shining armor
I may not be the best of singers
Honey thats ok
Cause I know how to love
I know how to love
I know how to love
You well

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #157: ‘I Know How to Love You Well’ – Tim McGraw

  1. Alex says:

    thank you. i love you.

  2. Dana says:

    Well, first…Happy Birthday Alex. Second, I am relieved that this wasn’t a country theme week, which is what I feared upon first seeing the song selection.

    Out of respect for the birthday girl, I will refrain from my usual criticism against country music, as I think my views are quite known on this blog, and my previous statements apply to this song.

    By the way, Alex is far from the only Cuban/Hispanic to love country music. When I worked in a form in Miami, most of the staff was Cuban and all of them had a huge passion for country music. Even when I was in Fort Myers, there was a Hispanic assistant in the office who adored country music. I once drove with her to Tampa and tried playing some Lyle Lovett, thinking she would like it…She told me that this was not sufficiently pure country music and that she didn’t care for it. Oh, well….

    So, rather than considering Alex an anomoly, it might be interesting to examine the connection between Hispanics and country music. Discuss….:)

  3. Kerrie Rueda says:

    Nice theme, nice song. Happy Birthday to Alex. 🙂

  4. Amy says:

    Very sweet song. I think you’re more a poet than the speaker/singer of these lyrics, and I’m sure this week will prove it. What a lovely tribute for your lovely wife. Happy Birthday, Alex 🙂

  5. pegclifton says:

    What a lovely birthday tribute to Alex. Hope you had a wonderful birthday Alex!

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