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Tim McGraw’s ‘My Little Girl’: Story Behind the Moving Song to His Daughters

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Big Machine Records

By 2006, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. They represented the best of country music’s super couple.

And that’s when McGraw decided to write and record one of his own songs. He co-wrote “My Little Girl” with Tom Douglas. It was the first time Tim McGraw wrote one of his own songs. It also was on the soundtrack for the movie Flicka.

The song could’ve been written by any of the three daughters or all of the three. They’ve now all grown up and left home. Gracie is the oldest, followed by Maggie and Audrey. The oldest two live in California. Audrey is in her first year of college. They all came home for the Christmas holidays this year. And Tim McGraw, their proud dad, cooked for them and documented their fun times with family photos on Instagram.

“And our girls are so grounded, they’re so humble,” Tim McGraw said in an interview. They have such big hearts, and they work hard at the things that they want to accomplish — and we’re really proud of them. We couldn’t ask for better kids. They’re smarter than us in so many ways.”

This Tim McGraw Track Can Bring Tears To Your Eyes

But back in 2006, the girls were so young. The song McGraw wrote could bring tears to your eyes, especially if you’re a girl dad or the daughter of a fantastic father. The song is about a father letting his daughter grow up. A sampling of the lyrics:

“Gotta hold on easy as I let you go. Gonna tell how much I love you, though you think you already know. I remember I thought you looked like an angel, wrapped in pink, so soft and warm.
“You’ve had me wrapped around your finger, since the day you were born. You’re beautiful, baby, from the outside in. Chase your dreams, but always know the road that’ll lead you home again.
“Go on, take on this whole world. But to me you know you’ll always be my little girl.”

He included the song on his compilation album “Tim McGraw Reflected: Greatest Hits Volume 2.”McGraw released the song in August, 2006. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart.

Tim McGraw also starred in “Flicka.” He played the father who owned a horse ranch in Wyoming. McGraw’s daughter in the movie is Katy, who secretly trains a wild horse named Flicka. Others in the cast included Alison Lohman, Maria Bello and Ryan Kwanten.

McGraw worked as executive producer of the movie’s soundtrack. The movie grossed a modest $21 million. But Flicka was super popular in the DVD market. The movie sported more than $48 million in DVD sales and generated $19 million in rentals.

Still, the song always will be about the daughters of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.