Everywhere (Tim McGraw song)

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"Everywhere"
Single by Tim McGraw
from the album Everywhere
Released July 7, 1997
Format CD Single
Recorded 1997
Genre Country
Length 4:50
Label Curb
Writer(s) Mike Reid
Craig Wiseman
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore
James Stroud
Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"It's Your Love"
(1997)
"Everywhere"
(1997)
"Just to See You Smile"
(1997)

"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.

Content[edit]

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 promo video suggests 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 term "In my heart, I'll always see you everywhere."

Critical reception[edit]

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."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Sherman Halsey, who has also directed virtually all of McGraw's other videos.

Lawsuit[edit]

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 2012. James Martinez is now represented by Bill Ramey of Ramey & Browning in Houston, Texas.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

"Everywhere" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of July 5, 1997.

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 32
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 22
Preceded by
"How Do I Get There"
by Deana Carter
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 25—November 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"Love Gets Me Every Time"
by Shania Twain

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ CountryUniverse.net Song review
  2. ^ Gilbert, Clavin. "Tim McGraw Copyright Infringement Suit Grabbing Attention", CMT.com", August 6, 2008. Retrieved on February 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "RPM Country Tracks." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 27, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Tim McGraw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Tim McGraw.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 

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