Tim McGraw, ‘Grown Men Don’t Cry’ – Story Behind the Lyrics
Songwriter Tom Douglas talks with The Boot about the inspiration he and and co-writer Steve Seskin shared in writing Tim McGraw‘s ‘Grown Men Don’t Cry.’ The song was the first single off Tim’s album, ‘Set This Circus Down,’ and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
I had gone to the grocery store one day, had parked my car and was walking into the store when I saw this woman talking on a pay phone. She had mascara tears running down her face, and her little boy was weaving in and out of her legs while she was talking on the phone … and she looked like an ice cream cone, melting. I went in the store, got my groceries, came back out, and wondered what happened to them. And then I passed by a car, and they were in it. And in the back of the car were newspapers and Chef Boyardee cans.
And I thought, what should I do? And I did nothing except get back in my car and go home. And I was haunted by my paralysis and inability to do anything about that. And that feeling started this song when I sat down to write with Steve. I had that first verse, and actually the second vignette was more Steve’s life than it was mine … about putting the rose on the grave and talking to the wind. And then the third verse was kind of a combination of both of our lives, but being tied together by singing, “I don’t know why they say grown men don’t cry.”