Tim McGraw built his decades-long career on his nearly infallible song sense, and his new soon-to-be hit is another example of the singer's willingness to go straight to the heart of what he's singing about.
Written by Craig Wiseman, Tommy Cecil and Patrick Murphy, "Standing Room Only" is McGraw's assertion that he wants to live his life building meaningful relationships and not accumulating possessions.
Lyrics include: I wanna live a life, live a life| Like a dollar and the clock on the wall don't own me| Shine a light, shine a light|Like mama's front porch when I'm lost and lonely|Start forgivin' and start forgettin' (start forgettin')|Be somebody that's worth rememberin' (rememberin')|Live a life so when I die| There's standing room only, standing room only
"This video brings the song to life by really giving you a visual of shedding the past and bringing light, literally, to the old junk," McGraw said. "I love the metaphor of standing in a junkyard and watching it light up. Then we had these sweet vignettes – of a mother and son, of a dad and daughter and others, that showed old junk items coming to life because of their memories. I thought that was a cool concept. That it's not the 'stuff' but the memories of life we hold dear."
McGraw and his long-time producer Byron Gallimore produced the song. Andrew Sandler directed the video, and Taillight / Matt Houser, along with EMCo / Brian Kaplan, Kelly Clague, produced the clip.
McGraw said the day they shot the video was one of the first beautiful days of spring in Tennessee and that while it started sunny and warm, it was cold when they shot a poignant scene with cars.
"I never love watching myself over and over in a video," McGraw said. "But I was really happy with the job they did on the video. I love the junkyard area and the way the lights shine out of the car. I thought the other actors did a great job."
McGraw just hopes fans like the video -- and the song.
"'Standing Room Only' is a special one, and I think the life-affirming message holds true," he said. "Live a life filled with gratitude and don't take things for granted."