My Kind of Country

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Single Review: Trisha Yearwood — ‘Every Girl In This Town’

When I first heard the title of Trisha Yearwood’s new single I thought the “this town” she was referring to was Nashville and the song would be about the plight of making it in music city. There have been countless songs on that subject through the years, some of which have been fantastic.

“Every Girl In This Town” is actually about the complexities of living life and how our experiences aren’t mistakes or missteps, but rather pillars on our life journey:

Every girl in this town’s had a Friday night

That ended in tears in the yellow porch light

Thinkin’ it was love but it was just seventeen


And we dance and we laugh till we all fall down

We keep kissin’ boys tryin’ to figure it out

Stretchin’ for stars on our tip-toe hearts

Tryin’ to get our big dreams off the ground

Like every girl in this town


Every girl in this town is somebody’s daughter

An angel, a devil, no matter what they call her

If they try to hold you down under that water

Just come up baptized baby, let it make you stronger

“Every Girl In This Town” is an anthem for having the courage to dust ourselves off and get back up whenever we fall. Life is a journey, full of lessons. We just have to recognize them when they’re in our path and learn what they are there to teach us. But it’s important to remember none of this is unique. The most important lesson of all? we’re not alone and we’re all in this together.

As the lead single from Yearwood’s first country album in 12 years, “Every Girl In This Town” could be a much stronger song. The bar for new songs from Yearwood is impossibly high, so it would take something revelatory to measure up to the wealth of material she’s gifted us with over the last 28 years.

Revelatory this is not, but it’s also not trying to be. “Every Girl In This Town” is an anthem with a message, delivered by a woman with the necessary life experience to pull it off. I’m not a fan of the “tiptoe hearts” line, which feels a bit too girly coming from Yearwood, and the arrangement is uninteresting and a bit too loud.

But it’s just great to have her back in her element again. The album, by the way, is due this fall and is apparently titled Every Girl. She also confirmed it will contain 14 songs. Like everyone else I’m waiting with bated breath to see what she has in store for us this go around.

Grade: B

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