“Oh girl wash your face before you come to the table,” Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town sings, her emotive rasp immediately drawing listeners into the story of Little Big Town’s newest single, “The Daughters.” On the personal and ethereal-sounding track, the foursome is back to the roots of what makes them truly special. Here, their vocal harmonies and meaningful lyrics are on full display, backed by simple instrumentation.
Written by Fairchild, Sean McConnell, and Ashley Ray, the plaintive new track speaks to what it’s like growing up as a girl. Often told what to do, how to think, and how to be, this song reflects on that in the most brilliant of ways. “Girl, don’t be weak, but don’t be strong,” They sing of the challenges of growing up female. “Pose like a trophy on a shelf and dream for everyone but not yourself. I’ve heard of God the son and God the father, I’m still looking for a God for the daughters.”
If the slight lyric twist on the final chorus doesn’t break your heart, nothing will, as Fairchild emotionally sings, “Damn I love my son, I love my father, I’m just looking for a God for the daughters.”
The simple yet moving video for “The Daughters” was released today, and you can watch it below. It features female dancers, choreographed by Andrew Winghart.
Little Big Town will take the stage in Vegas this Sunday (April 7) to perform “The Daughters” at the ACM Awards. It is the first single from their forthcoming album.
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