The world may seem very divided now, by everything from presidential candidates to tacos versus pizza. In his new song, “Here On Earth,” Tim McGraw seems to be saying that we can all be who we are and believe what we want, but we’re still in this together.
Written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill and Jon Nite, “Here On Earth” is the title track to Tim’s upcoming 16th album, his first solo project in five years. And the song isn’t just a gentle
reminder that we are united as a human race, but we also each have a purpose.
A video for the song, released the same day, is like a photo album of a diverse group of people from various backgrounds and walks of life, tied together by a sense of purpose and their own black cowboy hat. During breaks in the song, some describe what their purpose is — to heal the planet, to love and make the world a better place, to be a great mom and to help others. One young man very honestly admits though, “I don’t know if I have a purpose or not” just as the verse says:
“I was a book full of questions / Heart full of doubt / I sent them up to Heaven / Answers never came down / Til they did one night / Maybe loving you’s why /I’m here on Earth.”
On the surface, the lyric could be interpreted as a romantic love song, however, the video encourages thinking bigger as it nudges viewers towards seeing it as a message of love for humanity.
The closing message is filled with encouragement and hope: “Every day, something comes out that tries to divide us, but when we get right down to it, we’re all the same. You see yourself in everybody else. Who is gonna help us if we don’t help each other? We should be walking hand- in-hand with one another, and we should be looking out after each other. We’ve learned a lot, we’ve done a lot. There’s still more we have to do and we can’t get comfortable. We’ll get there, we’ll get to where we need to be.”
Tim’s new album, Here On Earth, drops August 21.