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Red Ragtop Lyrics

Artist: Tim McGraw
Album: Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors

I was twenty and she was eighteen
We were just about as wild as we were green
In the ways of the world
She'd pick me up in that red ragtop
We were free of the folks and hiding from the cops
On a summer night
Running all the red lights
We'd park way out in a clearing in a grove
And the night was as hot as a coal-burning stove
We were cooking wiht gas
Knew it had to last

(Chorus)
In the back of that red ragtop
She said please don't stop

Well the very first time her mother met me
Her green-eyed girl had been a mother-to-be
for two weeks
I was out of job and she was in school
And life was fast and the world was cruel
We were young and wild
We decided not to have the child
So we did what we did and we tried to forget
And we swore up and down there would be no regrets
In the morning light
But on the way home that night

(Chorus)
From the back of that red ragtop
She said please don't stop loving me

We took one more trip around the sun
But it was all make believe in the end
And no I can't say where she is today
I can't remember who I was back then

Well you do what you do and you pay for your sins
And there's no such thing as what might have been
That's a waste of time
Drive you out of your mind
I was stopped at a red light just yesterday
Beside a young girl in a cabriolet
And her eyes were green
And I was in an old scene

(Chorus)
I was back in that red ragtop
On the day she stopped loving me
I was back in that red ragtop
On the day she stopped loving me
Comments/Interpretations
by Sherrill on 5/23/2008 10:01pm
Jordan Hickey..you wer eright this is us..Im sorry when I hurt you..I know you were sorry for hurting me too..but we had each other so we could have what we have now..this is the first time I heard this song..and its also the first time i understood you werent a regret..you were my opening..I love you I always will..best wishes to you and your fiance..I am so happy for you..I mean that from the bottom of my heart..I love u toast..lol
by NGE on 6/7/2008 8:47am
GIRL, you and i lived parts of this song and i can't help wondering how things would be if we would have done somethings different. NO MATTER WHAT, i will ALWAYS love you. I know you don't understand that now but someday you will. I hope! 143
by Amanda on 6/7/2008 7:43pm
This is a really amazing song , personally. I think it's one of my favorites. Tim McGraw has such an amazing voice. Really easy to conect with. Easy Going. I Love it. This song touches me. It's just awesome.
by Courtney on 6/12/2008 5:50pm
This is me and the love of my lifes song. We are 16 and totally in love. And that part about when one of us stops loving the other is not going to happen. Ever. We are in love and we walways will be. We will grow up, get married and be happy for the rest of our lives.
by Brandon on 7/8/2008 10:16pm
To Courtney:
I hope you are right. But even if not, don't let it get you down. I wish you the best of luck.

I love this song.
by Cheryl on 7/19/2008 1:08pm
To T:
Finally had a chance to listen to this song and you're right, we can relate. A very big decision was made 30 years ago and it's natural for it to still be on our minds. So much love was there and life led us down very different paths than what would have been. I've realized I still love you and I wish I could give you what was yours and ours. Thanks Tim McGraw for touching on a very deep subject so many people have had to deal with that is such an emotional one. God will forgive the sins but we must try and find peace while dealing with the
aftermath.
by Rachel on 12/11/2008 10:04pm
reminds me of my babyy.
i love himm.
(:
by Becky Lynne on 12/14/2008 8:07pm
this is such a sad song
but it really makes you think
if you think about it this happens allaround
if my parents had donelikethis song,
they wouldnt where each was today
plus i wouldnt be here today
by Amanda V on 1/8/2009 5:46pm
this is my and my first loves song. i was 15 and hes was 18.this is so sad cause i think so much about him and what could of been:( i miss him so much and i will always love him,
by Rin on 1/30/2009 8:51pm
My dearest and I are the same age difference of the two in the song.
I love how I can relate to how in-love I am with him, just as the two were in this song.
<3
by A on 2/7/2009 2:16pm
I miss you CL. You were a great love in my life & although life had other plans for us, I will never forget you & the love you brought to my life.
by AMC on 3/23/2009 7:17pm
My First Love and I lived the beginning of this song except i kept mine and he left. Very true song. I still have not seen him again and will always have a special place in my heart for him
by Calli on 3/30/2009 4:27am
I hope this doesn't work out to me and my man.
We're the ages in the song, and realistically, probably we will become the song, minus the pregnancy.

Love this song but it makes me want to cry thinking about if it happened to us.
by kylie on 4/14/2009 6:17pm
this song used to make me cry....its really sad. but it has a great meaning and im sure many people can relate to it. its one of those songs that you make everyone be quiet for 3 minutes while you listen to it...right to the end. (L)
by Tiffany on 6/11/2009 4:29am
this is a good song and i can relate to it.. everytime i hear this song i cry but it's only 'cause it's that real...It happend to me and when i hear this song it lets me know that i'm not alone... this is that song you would want to just sit in quiet and listen to
by Imogen Star on 6/11/2009 5:42pm
To Becky Lynne:
Agreed.
by Josh on 10/11/2009 1:47pm
Makes me think of my girl and how much I hope it last this time around.
by Sup on 10/31/2009 11:13pm
this song is actually by a man named jason white, just so you all know. and his rendition is a billion times more moving.
by Tori on 11/6/2009 6:58am
Read the book "Shades of Blue" by Karen Kingsbury. These song lyrics are not just about love-they are about a serious decision that can affect the rest of your life and that of a child. Read Karens book and you will gain great insite!
by ro on 3/18/2010 3:41pm
very true song to me. The entire song is true to my life. :'( I regret doing wat we did. Wasn't the right decision for any of us.
by Jakko,, on 7/27/2010 12:16pm
Can someone explain this song to me ?
by Kate. on 8/6/2010 11:50pm
Jakko;
the girl gets pregnant,
they have an abortion,
they date for one more year,
they break up,
they didn't talk since,
& he never stopped loving her.
by watcher on 8/19/2010 2:52pm
sup is 100% right. jason white wrote it and his rendition is awesome.
by Nikki on 8/29/2010 9:56pm
I just read the book "Shades of Blue" and I have to say it was the best book I have ever read. In the back of the book the author explains that she got the idea for the book from this song. Now that I think about it, I have heard this song plenty of times but it never effected me the way it did tonight. This is an awesome song and it was an awesome book. It just goes to show that sometimes you can love someone so much that you have to let them go <3
by Shane on 9/6/2010 5:26am
just got married to the girl of my dreams and all thanks to this song!
by Erica on 11/23/2010 8:46pm
going through all these comments really struck me that im not the only person in the world that has had to expirience the hurt that comes with love
truly great song
by K on 12/6/2010 6:19pm
It always makes me sad to hear it because it makes me question what I currently have. When I was first in love, I did not believe it would end. And, I don't now. But, it might. I suppose we all have to understand that life makes each of us into layered beings--everything leaves a mark on us for better or worse. Even though Jason White's version is better in my opinion, Tim McGraw's surely doesn't suck.
by country on 12/31/2010 8:43am
Makes me cry jusy wish love wasn't so cruel sometimes
by country on 12/31/2010 8:43am
Makes me cry just wish love wasn't so cruel sometimes
by Alyssa on 1/9/2011 3:23pm
CP. . . you'll ALWAYS have a special place in my heart, no matter what you did or said to me, or what anyone said about us. I loved you with my whole heart, and I really did believe you when you said you wanted to be together forever. I had hoped we wouldn't end up like this, but I guess life had different plans for us. I remember every moment we had together, from the laughs, to the tears, to the fears, to the rejoicing times. You consumed my life for 2 years, and i wouldn't have had it any other way. I hope you're happy today, thats really all I can wish for. I still love you, and just know that I ALWAYS will.
by Marie on 4/18/2011 3:26pm
Wow this song is so awesome! This I me but one thing is different, we are still together.... I think of what I did but with all we have been though the last 7 years I would never had wanted a little one around... Now that we are both "grown up" I am starting to come to around to the though of children. Just couldn't imagine bringing a little one in to the world and not knowing what would be.... Still don't know what will be but at least I can support myself just in case after all these years the father decides to be a piece if crap father! Cause u never know! But I still don't regret what I did!!!
by jan on 4/23/2011 10:17pm
this is so my life 31 yrs ago...I always wonder what my life would have been like if we had kept ours.....still love that man so much, havent seen him since we made that choice together.
by belle on 5/9/2011 8:21pm
i would never have an abortion... My first time was w my husbaand now! I was eghteen and he was nineteen and we now have two amazing sons accident or not ready or not.... I love you aaron!
by Marie on 8/16/2011 9:04pm
To Bella,
My 1st time was with my husband too. It's also who am still with and who I was with then!!
by savvy on 9/3/2011 10:29pm
This song makes u think ...... ive lost the love of my life to my Ex boyfriends sister he had a baby with her and she had a misscarage worst part they both knew i was still in love with him but obviously we wernt ment to be!
by Lauren on 9/4/2011 3:40pm
If you enjoyed listening to this song and really got the meaning of it, I suggest for you to read Karen Kingsbury's book called "Shades of Blue." Her book opened my eyes to the forgiveness and healing that needs to come with the decisions that are made in life. If you take my advice about the book, I hope it touches you the way it has with me. God Bless!
by Heaven on 10/3/2011 12:00pm
I am sorry daddy and mommy didn't work out,
I am sure I would not have helped.
From here the world doesn’t seem as cruel.
I am hoping to meet you, but again it’s not up to me.
Jesus says I am a lot like him.
I know it’s hard to believe, it took me a little while to understand too.
I have not stopped loving you.
by Kenz on 10/14/2011 12:12am
I too have read the book "Shades of Blue" By Karen Kingsbury... I hope I wasn't the only one that cried while reading it. I had heard this song too and it never meant anything to me until now... If you haven't read Karen's books (especially Shades of Blue) you need to hurry up and do it. Her books are amazing!
by Mike w on 10/20/2011 10:30pm
This song has been on replay on my iPhone since yesterday. It's so good and just gives me a chill up my back because I can relate to it so much. Especially since I drive a red rag top and have been in a similar situation except for the abortion part. This song just makes me smile!
by none on 11/5/2011 9:59pm
Finally had the chance to see the lyrics this song almost relates to me and my ex perfrctly i love him with all my heart but after our big decision our paths changed its really sad
by Country lover on 11/25/2011 10:50am
I was litsenen to this song and truly he is a story teller you can tell it by struggles and the life that people actually live with. This song is just one that can connect with anyone . Truly tim has a gift to bring out the bad days and put them in a positive light . He gives people hope . He gives me hope.
by Agirl on 12/22/2011 1:32pm
Wow this song does a good job of moving me ..and I cant even relate to it. It almost made me cry near the end by just reading the lyrics¢¾
by DennyD on 1/19/2012 1:09am
Haha Shmishshmortion classic! Taking a chance at life away from an innocuous helpless child so that yourself can possibly have a better one is a great way of playing god. But that's only human cause we've been playing god since the history of man, cause atleast one animal is put out of existence every year by us. So if you decide to take one Childs chance at life away from our already and soon to be extremely over populated earth than by all means do what you gotta do. Oh yeah great song btw he could have put any lyrics in there and I would still love it.
by gogirl1 on 5/10/2012 12:29pm
This is terrrrrrrrible!
by Kaitlyn on 7/7/2012 12:54am
Reminds me of how i am with my boyfriend. He means the world to me. I love him sooo much ♥ (:
by Caitlin on 7/23/2012 8:10pm
I'm 17 and i just picked up my 19 year old date yesterday. We had a blast and are going to continue seeing eachother. My mom was 18 when she had me and she said alot of people told her to get rid of me. I respect people who feel they need to but for me personally i'm glad my mom and dad had me. Even if they did end up getting divorced because they married for the wrong reason.
by Meg on 7/25/2012 12:19pm
Young love is the best! Hard to believe the years go by so fast. I will never forget you and our precious time together RF. A piece of my heart is yours forever. I hope you are truly happy!
by Julie on 8/5/2012 7:17pm
I heard this song for the first time yesterday and it could have been me 36 years ago. How I wished I had made a better choice but we are more than the sum of our past mistakes and I have other children from other fathers who are wonderful. You can't though go back again no matter who much you wish it.
by Terra on 9/2/2012 3:20am
Makes me cry every time I hear it but I can't turn the radio once it comes on. Have to lisen to every word takes me back to my first love when everything in the song is almost word for word us. I cry cause of all the emotions that Over fill me when I'm flooded with the memories but by the end I smile cause Love was so true we just where to young to know what to do
by chella on 9/10/2012 1:20pm
No doubt that song is one that anyone can relate to.i promised never to leave a girl called Maggie many years ago but we broke up.now any lady I fall in love with doesn't match Maggie,and so I end up breaking up with them hoping Maggie will come my way one more time.did Tim find that girl again?
by Dasie on 12/20/2012 10:17pm
Awwwwwwwww, I love this song. My grandma was the one who pointed this song out to me the first time. I never knew what this song was about until I asked my grandmother and she told me about the meaning.
by Mike on 1/25/2013 6:32am
im seriously the happiest man alive, im kicking back right now drinking a beer and listening to this amazing song, i love my baby so much i just wana scream it i love you rachel!!! your the most amazing thing thats ever happned to me and its not another one of those love stories you tell your friends after its over, your the one i wana spend the rest of my life with babe youmake ever day of mine bright even when i dont see your smile ill always treat you how you need to be treated and will be the best boyfriend.husband, and father, i love you so much rachel your gods gift!


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