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Martina McBride Helps Us Delve Into Her Lyrics For ‘Teenage Daughters’

Martina McBride opens up and explains the meaning behind her new track ‘Teenage Daughters’ that may have the country star’s most revealing lyrics to date. Do you have teenage kids? You can probably imagine how much emotion and memories she had to try and fit into this one song.

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McBride collaborated with Brett and Brad Warren (the Warren Brothers) for the tune, but it wasn’t their first attempt at writing a hit. The three are the same writing team behind McBride’s ‘Anyway,’ as well as ‘How I Feel,’ which was also penned with Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey.

“We were sitting there fooling around with musical ideas and lyrical ideas,” Brett Warren tells Taste of Country. “We’re all such great friends that it’s real natural to write together. We’ve written together enough where if somebody doesn’t like an idea, we’ll just say so and go back and forth until we find something we all like.”

“Martina finally said, ‘I have an idea, but it might be kind of crazy … has anybody ever written a song about having teenage daughters, because I am going crazy right now! You love them, but they’re young and beautiful, and boys are starting to recognizing them, and they don’t want to be around you.’”

In the opening lines of ‘Teenage Daughters,’ McBride sings about the stress, fear and exhaustion of raising teenage girls — something she knows much about being the mother of Delaney (16), Emma (13) and Ava (5).

“I ain’t complainin’ but I’m tired so I’m just sayin’ what I think / And if we’re being honest, and honestly, I think I need a drink / My baby’s growing up / She thinks she’s falling all in love and that I hate her / At 17 she’s just like me when I was 17 so I don’t blame her,” McBride sings on the track.

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