Thursday, April 5, 2012

Scotty McCreery, ‘Water Tower Town’ – Lyrics Uncovered



If you come from a small town, chances are you can relate to the lyrics to Scotty McCreery‘s new single, ‘Water Tower Town.’ The tune was penned by songwriters Cole Swindell, Tammi Kidd and Lynn Hutton, who each pulled from their own experiences growing up in the south for the song.

“I remember I was watching a movie with a girl I was dating at the time,” Swindell tells Taste of Country, “and it had a water tower in it. She asked me if my town I grew up had a water tower like that. I remember picking up my phone — before I even answered her — and wrote ‘Water Tower Town’ in it, and I said, ‘Yep!’”

“I brought it up in the writing session with Lynn and Tammi not long after that,” he continues. “They’re both great writers. It was the first day and the first song we wrote. We are all from small towns, so it was something that came easy for all three of us that day.”

“In a water tower town /Everybody waves / Church doors are the only thing / That’s open on Sundays / Word travels fast / The wheels turn slow / Yeah, workin’ hard and livin’ right / Is the only life we know,” they wrote in the song’s opening lyrics.

“We were just all talking about people we knew growing up from our towns,” notes Swindell. “In my town, everybody you passed on the road, they’d wave. My granddad walked into town every day. People would be coming from behind him, and he’d wave anyway, not knowing who it was, because everyone knew everyone. He owned a convenience store that was always closed on Sunday. He’d hang a little sign that said, ‘Come worship with us next door,’ because the church was right there.”

http://tasteofcountry.com/scotty-mccreery-water-tower-town-lyrics/

10 comments:

  1. I grew up in a small town in Canada. This explanation of WTT really brings back memories, I can see my grandfather walking down the country road waving, just like that. We picked a country town in which to retire because we both love that home town feel much...make me love this song even more.

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  2. Very interesting to hear the story behind the song. Of course I grew up in a small town called Hamlet, NC, probably about 2 hours from Raleigh, NC and we had water tower tower, but probably my most fondest memory was laying in the bed at night and waiting to hear the whistle from the trains....and now that I think about it, I miss hearing the trains going down the tracks....Water Tower Town is a Great Song, along with the rest of everything that our American Idol, Scotty has accomplished

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  3. I too, lived in a Water Tower Town. This song recaptures childhood memories for me. The water tower was right next to the main road into town, by the railroad tracks. Sound familiar? As a child I would wait by that water town for the train. The conductor was very kind and stopped to pick up two or three of us children and let us ride in the engine with him while he switched tracks and left rail cars. It was the highlight of my life every Saturday morning. Then he would stop by the water tower and let us off with a wave and "See ya next Saturday". It might have been the highlight of his Saturday too......

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  4. It looks like the song Water Tower Town is going to bring out a lot more small town memories and stories....:) I also remember the very tall water tower in my town and how we kids would always try to climb up that water tower ;) and we were just in awe of it's size and that it had all this reserve water! I have always lived in a place that has a water tower!

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  5. Just a thought, it would be so neat if Scotty's fans would post a picture of the water tower in their town on his official website, facebook page, (or maybe on this site). The vote for Scotty for BNA video submission was so good and this would be a good follow-up to it.

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  6. Water Tower Town describes most of rural america. The lyrics describe small town living experiences to a T. Hope Scotty is working on a video for the song. Can't wait to see it as #1!

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  7. Just heard today at CMT Insider that Scotty's song Water Tower Town is #3 on the Billboard 200.

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