Mississippi Girl

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"Mississippi Girl"
Single by Faith Hill
from the album Fireflies
Released May 28, 2005
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded July 31, 2004[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:52
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) John Rich, Adam Shoenfeld
Producer(s) Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff, Faith Hill
Faith Hill singles chronology
"Baby You Belong"
(2003)
"Mississippi Girl"
(2005)
"Like We Never Loved at All"
(2005)

"Mississippi Girl" is a song recorded by country music singer Faith Hill. It was released in May 2005 as the lead single from her album Fireflies. A number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in late 2005, it was her first number one on the country music charts since 2000's "The Way You Love Me".

About the song[edit]

Written specifically for the Star, Mississippi-bred singer by John Rich (of Big & Rich) and fellow MuzikMafia member Adam Shoenfeld, the uptempo tune was anticipated within the industry[2] and spearheaded Hill's post-Cry "country comeback"[3] by insisting that she had not forgotten her roots:

'Cause a Mississippi girl don't change her ways
Just 'cause everybody knows her name.
Ain't big-headed from a little bit of fame ...

The song also references Hill's forays into acting, in an episode of Touched By An Angel and the 2004 film The Stepford Wives.

"Mississippi Girl" was considered identical in purpose and theme to singer Jennifer Lopez' 2002 hit "Jenny from the Block", a fact noted by a number of commentators at the time.[3][4][5]

Chart performance[edit]

The single debuted at #27 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart dated for May 28, 2005. It went on to become Hill's first Number One on the country music charts since "The Way You Love Me" in 2000. "Mississippi Girl" peaked at No. 1 September 3, and stayed at No. 1 for two weeks. It also reached at peak of No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became Hill's first single to chart the Billboard Pop 100, peaking at No. 51 there.

"Mississippi Girl" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance but did not win; however it did win the SESAC Country Song of the Year award for its two writers.[6]

Slant Magazine said the song had the "stench of desperation" about it, with "southern-fried production [meant to] ape shamelessly the things that the women who supplanted her at the top of Nashville's pecking order have been doing."[7]

Mississippi Girl was also the 500 millionth song download via the iTunes Store.[8]

Music video[edit]

There is also a music video for the song, directed by Wayne Isham. In It, Hill and her band are seen performing the song in concert which is intercut with shots of Hill walking around rural settings in a white dress as CGI butterflies flutter about. The video received a CMT Awards nomination.[9] At the beginning of the video, it shows Hill diving into the water from a wooden bridge in a long white dress.

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[1]

  • Bruce Bouton — steel guitar
  • Bekka Bramlett — background vocals
  • Tom Bukovac — electric guitar
  • Paul Bushnell — bass guitar
  • Perry Coleman — background vocals
  • Eric Darken — percussion
  • Dan Dugmore — steel guitar
  • Dann Huff — electric guitar
  • Tim Lauer — accordion
  • Chris McHugh — drums
  • Jimmy Nichols — keyboards
  • Darrell Scott — mandolin

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 29
US Billboard Pop 100 51

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 9

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"As Good as I Once Was"
by Toby Keith
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

September 3-September 10, 2005
Succeeded by
"Play Something Country"
by Brooks & Dunn