Me and Tennessee

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"Me and Tennessee"
Tim McGraw & Gwyneth Paltrow - Me And Tennessee single.jpeg
Single by Tim McGraw with Gwyneth Paltrow
from the album Country Strong
Released February 22, 2011
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 4:43
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Chris Martin
Tim McGraw singles chronology
"Felt Good on My Lips"
"Me and Tennessee"
"Better Than I Used to Be"
Gwyneth Paltrow singles chronology
"Forget You"
"Me and Tennessee"

"Me and Tennessee" is a song written by Chris Martin and performed by Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow. It is included on the soundtrack to the 2010 film Country Strong, in which the two star. It peaked at number 34 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number 63 on the UK Singles chart.


McGraw said that he had difficulty recording the song with Paltrow because he thought that "it's such a moving song" and said that he wanted to sing as well on it as she did.[1] The song is the final cut on the Country Strong soundtrack. Paltrow's then-husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, wrote it.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Blake Boldt of Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down", calling the lyrics "hackneyed" and saying that the song "moves along without pause or purpose."[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock was more positive, rating the song three-and-a-half stars out of five. He wrote that it was a "by-the-numbers breakup song, but the execution is where it shines", and praised both McGraw's and Paltrow's vocals and the "darker" sound.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 63