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Story Behind the Song: Tim McGraw, ‘Felt Good on My Lips’

In September of 2010, Tim McGraw released “Felt Good on My Lips” as the first single from his Number One Hits album. The song was written by brothers Brett and Jim Beavers and Brett and Brad Warren and earned McGraw his second-highest debut on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (No. 33). “Felt Good on My Lips” reached No. 1 in January of 2011, has been certified gold and was included on McGraw’s 2012 release, Emotional Traffic.

Below, Jim Beavers and Brett Warren tell The Boot about writing the tune.

Jim Beavers: My brother Brett had this crazy idea that he and I should start writing with the Warren Brothers, just to see what would happen. We dubbed ourselves the Warren Beavers, and the very first song we wrote was “Felt Good on My Lips.”

Brett Warren: It started with a bass riff that Jim began to play. Then we started spitting out some ideas. Brad and I started singing the “oh oh oh ah” part, and it really unfolded quickly.

Beavers: I thought the song was one of the weirdest things I had ever heard. That “oh oh oh ah” part came out of nowhere, but we vowed when we started writing that we wouldn’t worry about Music Row songwriting convention. We wrote the song like a band, so the music, groove and instrumentation were as much a part of the tune as the lyrics or idea.

One unusual thing was that I played bass on everything as we were writing, which I have never played in my life before. I think the unconventional approach to the writing made the songs that much more unique. We ended up going in the studio and recording all the songs pretty much live. It was a blast. Not musical perfection by any means, but vibe perfection.

This story was originally written by Alanna Conaway, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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