Everywhere (Tim McGraw song)
|Single by Tim McGraw|
|from the album Everywhere|
|Released||July 7, 1997|
|Tim McGraw singles chronology|
"Everywhere" is a song written by Mike Reid and Craig Wiseman, and performed by American country music singer Tim McGraw. It was released in July 1997 as the second single from his album of the same name. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and peaked at number 2 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. Despite reaching Number One on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (Now Hot Country Songs), the song did not appear on Tim's Greatest Hits album. It did, however, later appear on Tim's second Greatest Hits package, Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2.
The narrator describes a former significant other and her decision to end their relationship after a disagreement over their future together as a couple. She opted to stay and live - and ultimately marry and start a family - in the small community in which they were both born and raised, while he chose to live a life on the road (it is not specified whether his exact choice of lifestyle is that of a drifter or long-distance truck driver, though the song's video indicates the former). The narrator further explains that even though his significant other is no longer a part of his life, he still sees her both mentally and emotionally in his travels - hence the line "In my heart, I'll always see you everywhere."
Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, saying that its "understated delivery packs the song with such emotional heft that the unresolved sadness lingers after the song has ended." He goes on to call it the moment where McGraw discovers "subtlety and finds it suits him quite well."
The music video was directed by Sherman Halsey, who has also directed virtually all of McGraw's other videos.
In 2007, songwriter James Martinez filed a $20 million lawsuit against McGraw, Reid and Wiseman. The suit alleges that the singer lifted “Everywhere” from a tape containing Martinez' original track "Anytime, Anywhere Amanda." Martinez provided the tape to the same songwriters who wrote the song "Everywhere" for McGraw's 1997 album of the same name. The suit alleges that McGraw and other defendants internationally released and distributed the “Everywhere” album containing their infringing copies of a song substantially similar to the Martinez's song. McGraw's attorneys stated that they are confident the case will be dismissed altogether, and described the allegations as being "totally without merit." In August 2008, the lawsuit was transferred from Texas to the federal district court in Nashville, Tennessee. The lawsuit is ongoing as of 2015. James Martinez is now represented by Bill Ramey of Ramey & Browning in Houston, Texas.
"Everywhere" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 5, 1997.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||2|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||32|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||22|
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by Deana Carter
|Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
October 25—November 1, 1997
"Love Gets Me Every Time"
by Shania Twain
Notes and references
- CountryUniverse.net Song review
- Gilbert, Clavin. "Tim McGraw Copyright Infringement Suit Grabbing Attention", CMT.com", August 6, 2008. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3366." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 27, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
- "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
- "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.